Wiltshire engineering firms gear up for festival designed to inspire the next

By Anita Jaynes on 28 July, 2016

Significant numbers of Wiltshire school children have shown early interest in the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering by registering to attend the event. Latest registration figures show that 37 schools have signed up to take part in the Festival – which will see a staggering total of over 1100 young people (aged Year 6 upwards) inspired by local technology businesses.

The Wiltshire Festival of Engineering which takes place on Wednesday September 28 2016, will provide young people with the opportunity to participate, explore and interact with local manufacturers engaged within the science, technology, engineering and mathematical sectors (STEM). Pupils will have the unique opportunity to interact with cutting-edge technology from organisations such as the UK Atomic Energy Authority and to have a go at some amazing activities provided by a host of businesses.

The Festival, organised by Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, aims to open new doors into the world of manufacturing and engineering, paving the way for a new skilled workforce here in Wiltshire.

Many of Wiltshire’s most successful engineering and manufacturing companies have shown commitment for the Festival, which is being supported by the James Dyson Foundation. Event sponsors and attendees include major local technology sector businesses including Airbus, Good Energy, Great Western Railway, Atkins Global, Network Rail, Siemens, EDF and Hitachi. The Festival will also allow local companies such as IXYS, Danlers Ltd and Brunel Engineering to engage with the younger generation hoping to inspire a new local elite workforce.

The Festival’s organisers report that there is still limited space available for companies that would like to get involved. Engineering businesses and training providers looking to be a part of the Festival should aim to submit their booking forms by the end of July.

The Festival will take place on Wednesday September 28 2016 at Chippenham’s Olympiad Leisure Centre. School places are now full for the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering, however parents/guardians are welcome to bring along their children to the event between 4-5pm on the day.

For further information, or to get involved with the Festival and its aims, email:  jo@michelledonelan.co.uk or visit http://festivalofengineering.com