Students look into engineering option

A new engineering course for 14 to 16 year old students has been launched at a manufacturing plant in Carnaby.

A B Graphic International’s manufacturing plant, in Carnaby Industrial Estate, gave potential students and parents a tour of their facility showing them the benefits of heading into the engineering industry.

The course is a collaborative agreement between Headlands School, A B Graphic International, East Riding College and the Derwent Training Association (DTA), and has been looked upon favourably by Ofsted.

HEAD into engineering is a ground breaking initiative, aimed at school children in Years 10 and 11, who aspire to an engineering career and will benefit from a mix of academic and practical skills learning.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for practical young people in the East Riding,” said Phil Robson, Operations Manager at A B Graphic International.

“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.”

Designed to be taken as a GCSE option, Year 10s will start this new course at Headlands School in September, leading to a NCFE qualification.

To continue their journey, 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, who will provide technical advice and guidance to the learning partners, and where possible offer work experience to the students.

The Partnership is being supported by a wide range of suppliers, ensuring students will train using worldwide industry standard software packages and engineering equipment.

John Doris, Vice Principal at East Riding College, said: “This is a genuinely innovative partnership which aims to create a strong pathway to employment opportunities in the engineering sector for young people from the Bridlington area.

“Together, we aim to provide a skilled workforce and excellent job opportunities, and to bring the image of engineering up to date with the reality of this exciting, leading edge sector.”

The HEAD Partnership is promoting engineering as an excellent career path for students to follow, and hopes to highlight the diversity of the industry.

“A career in engineering is exciting, fast-paced, financially rewarding and provides fresh challenges and opportunities for individuals,” said Sarah Bone, Headlands School’s headteacher. 

“Our objective is to proactively raise our students’ awareness of the exciting opportunities a career in engineering can bring and what amazing job opportunities there are on our doorstep.”

For further information, you can contact Fiona Millar at Headlands School by email at Fiona.millar@headlandsschool.co.uk.