Young Engineers Sight Marine Careers

The prospective marine engineers will learn through participation in live projects.
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The UK independent educational charity The Smallpiece Trust is working with the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust to provide 140 teenagers in Southampton and Strathclyde with a valuable introduction to the marine industry and into the rewarding, well paid careers it can offer.

Four day residential Marine Technology Experience courses are took place last month at the University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde, providing students with a packed schedule of educational and fun activities.

Both courses provided the aspiring engineers with an introduction to areas such as naval architecture, ship design, offshore construction and the development of critical technologies in commercial and military vessels through a series of interactive presentations, site tours and hands on projects.

In Southampton students got the opportunity to work alongside the University and technical experts including the Royal Navy on a series of 'design and make' projects such as a speedboat and a remote controlled boat built for manoeuvrability. Students  also gained exclusive access to university equipment, including wind tunnels and a towing tank. In Strathclyde students designed and built a remote controlled cargo carrier which was navigated through a course and tested with different weights of cargo.

The Smallpiece Trust has helped thousands of young people find successful careers in a multitude of industrial disciplines since it was founded in 1966. It offers a programme of tiered schemes for young people aged 13 to 18 and has helped more than 8,000 students across the UK in the past year, a 20 fold increase over a six year period.

The programme is predominantly delivered through subsidised four day residential training courses designed to stimulate interest in engineering while providing work related learning through live projects.

The Trust's chief executive Dr Andrew Cave said, 'Thanks to our main sponsor, the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, we are able to give students access to a fascinating subject, something they may never otherwise experience. Marine technology is an incredibly interesting course as it opens doors to exciting careers in an industry that operates all over the world.'

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