On a recent visit to Worcester Sixth Form College, Councillor Geoff Williams, Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity, was impressed by the College’s science students who are participating in the Engineering Education Scheme in conjunction with QinetiQ.
The College has been working with QinetiQ for the past two years and students meet weekly with engineers from the company who support them with their challenging projects. The Engineering Education Scheme provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience as part of a team and to experience problem solving in an industrial context.
This year’s teams are developing a laptop based radar system, a device that could make radar more affordable and more widely used, and a directional sound system that could be used in a large open area to speak to specific people. The teams are hoping to build on last year’s success when a College team won ‘best project’ at an event at the University of Birmingham.
Councillor Geoff Williams, said: “Increasing the number of local people who can offer specialist skills in engineering, science or technology is a key objective set out in the Council’s City Plan. It’s fantastic to witness students gaining invaluable insights into what it is like to work in these industries, and we hope it will encourage many of them to pursue careers in these areas, which are so vital for the local economy.”
Principal, Michael Kitcatt, said: "It is inspirational to see our students so engaged in working together to implement solutions to real engineering problems with input from the staff of QinetiQ. This gives them an invaluable insight into what it is like to work in science and technology and we hope it will encourage them to use their talents in this field. We are extremely grateful to QinetiQ, who for the second year have supported our students involved in the Engineering Education Scheme and to the City Council for their assistance with business contacts and their financial support which has helped us to build and equip our new Science Centre and to offer additional science and technology enrichment opportunities to students, including participation in the Engineering Education Scheme."