Headlands pupils engineer futures

Sarah Bone, head teacher of Headlands School.

Sarah Bone, head teacher of Headlands School.

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A ground-breaking course which aims to tackle the region’s shortage of engineers is proving popular with school pupils.

A total of 60 pupils at Headlands School have enrolled onto the HEAD into engineering programme and will begin their studies in September.

The course is an initiative between Headlands School, Bridlington-based engineering company A B Graphic International, East Riding College and the Derwent Training Association (DTA).

It is aimed at school children in years nine, 10 and 11, who aspire to an engineering career and who would benefit from a mix of academic and practical skills learning.

The programme is oversubscribed in each of the three year groups for September, proving both the popularity of and the need for this type of qualification.

Designed to be taken as a GCSE option, Year 10s will start the new course at Headlands School, leading to a NCFE qualification. They can then move onto a level three and higher level four (HNC/D) qualification in engineering or apprenticeship at East Riding College or DTA.

The partnership will benefit from A B Graphic International’s skills and industry experience, including technical advice and guidance to the learning partners, and where possible offer work experience to the students.

Phil Robson, operations manager at A B Graphic International, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for practical young people in the East Riding. This course is designed to help local students gain a practical qualification to prepare them for a career in engineering.

“There is a national shortage of engineers in Great Britain and we see this as a way to facilitate local students into an engineering career.”

John Doris, vice principal at East Riding College, said: “It is very pleasing to see school pupils responding to this initiative and applying to study engineering from September.

“We are keen to see them progressing onto advanced courses and to develop the skills that are needed to support the growth of the region’s engineering sector.”

Sarah Bone, Headlands School’s head teacher, said: “Our students are able to make quality informed decisions about their future careers based on excellent school learning experiences coupled with the opportunity to positively engage with future employers, FE colleges and engineering training providers.

“It is an exciting time to be studying here at Headlands School and I will look forward to celebrating the excellent progress and achievements our students make on these courses and the future opportunities this success then brings them with training providers and employers.”