Since 2017, Engine Shed has been hosting a day of hands-on tech workshops for the Future Brunels programme, which is run by the ss Great Britain Trust. The programme works with many large engineering firms across the region but had not worked with the smaller companies that Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol are home to.
This is part of ongoing support of the Future Brunels programme, of which we are huge fans.
The aim of the project is to introduce a selected group of students to the real-world applications of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects. The activity day is designed to inspire and engage the students, and encourage them to consider careers that can use the skills they develop in these areas.
12 students from four Bristol schools attend the activity day, where they meet with interesting companies and entrepreneurs using STEM in their everyday working lives. In previous visits this has included the students touring Engine Shed and meeting with some of its partners companies, including SETsquared Bristol sharing their insights into what it takes to become a tech entrepreneur, Unit DX running hands-on science workshops and DigiLocal offering practical computing skills, using the BBC Microbit to build their own game.
At Engine Shed we are dedicated to building an inclusive and sustainable ecosystem in the Bristol city region. This starts with young people, and inspiring the future workforce to consider careers in the tech, digital, and low carbon sectors. Currently, adults from Bristol’s diverse community backgrounds are under-represented in these fields, and the Future Brunels programme, like our own Diverse Workforce for the Future project, helps to offer young people from these demographics access to Bristol’s thriving tech scene.
For more information about the Future Brunels programme, visit the SS Great Britain website.