Students looking to be engineers of the future

THESE Doncaster youngsters are hoping to make their names in engineering after signing up to a new scheme in the borough.

Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 11:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 2:35 pm

They signed up to the Young Apprenticeship Engineering programme, which aims to address the current skills shortage in engineering and aviation.

They met up with Doncaster Council chairman Coun Tony Sockett, who is backing the scheme, at Doncaster Council’s Mansion House headquarters.

It is the first scheme of its kind in Doncaster and involves high-achieving pupils, each with a strong background in maths and science, from two of Doncaster’s specialist schools, Armthorpe and Ridgewood.

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Coun Sockett said: “Many of the students taking the course are so committed to the programme they are undertaking activities within school holidays and out of school hours.

“It is also interesting to note that two thirds of these students are female. These students provide an exciting new group of future employees which break with industry stereotypes.

“Eventually they will bring new diversity to the organisations they work for and I believe that’s a very exciting prospect.”