Analox‘s involvement with the local community reached an educational milestone at a career guidance event hosted by Stokesley School. Staff from the School, a successful 11 – 18 secondary on the edge of the North York Moors, invited Analox to take part in their ‘Engineering Careers evening’ on Tuesday 13 January 2015. Three of Analox’s key staff joined representatives from other engineering companies – together with training organisations, professional institutions and the University of Teesside – to promote the benefits of a career in engineering. The general consensus was that the continuing progress of 21st century technologies will depend on the recruitment of enthusiastic new entrants to the fields of science and industry.
A report produced in 2014 by EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with the engineering community, states that over the next 5 years, ‘we need to double the numbers of engineering related apprentices and graduates coming out of colleges and universities.’ Yet, according to the same report, as few as ‘One in six 11 to 16 year olds said they knew what people working in engineering do.’ The report concludes that, among other things, ‘We need to provide careers inspiration for all 11- to 14-year-olds’, and ‘We need to support teachers and career advisors’. It is reassuring to see evidence of this happening on the local level, and Analox is keen to play its part.
Analox’s headquarters is less than a mile from Stokesley School and the company already has links with the School’s educational programme. Having a high-tech design and manufacturing facility on the doorstep is good news for any educational establishment, particularly one which takes an interest in the future careers of its students. Companies benefit from this relationship too, and Analox is no exception. Its three delegates included not only a Design Engineer and a Senior Software Engineer, but also an apprentice R&D Technician – Jack Price, who was recruited as an 18-year-old college leaver. Jack was employed via the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), one of the area’s leading training organisations. In Jack’s own words, this career choice gave him ‘the best of both worlds, continuing education on day-release plus the benefits of a proper wage’.
The Stokesley School Engineering Careers evening was a 2-hour event (6.30pm to 8.30pm) which included presentations from many of the participants. These presentations were complemented by information stands and display tables highlighting products and services. The School’s Careers Guidance team also used materials available from ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’, an online resource which helps schools to incorporate engineering in their curriculum. According to their website, Tomorrow’s Engineers is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from other organisations.
Analox is dedicated to continuing to help increase awareness of engineering opportunities to young people through visits and events.