Marine Engineering Pathway for young people – a Centenary project
Since the launch of this major three-year project in 2016, Seafarers UK and its co-sponsor and delivery partner, Sea Cadets have been working in partnership to inspire and engage 1000’s of young people in schools and Sea Cadet units across the UK to learn more about STEM and to think about a future in marine engineering.
We have been doing this through the slow roll out of six custom-built mobile learning units (‘Pods’), based regionally across the UK. The project aims to increase access across the country to the heavy and expensive equipment which is essential for teaching marine engineering to young people. As such, each Pod holds a sectioned engine, a working engine and an array of other marine engineering equipment.
Over 5,000 young people have already experienced a Marine Engineering taster session or workshop to date, with four of the Pods already being used in schools, at career fairs, at local events and at Sea Cadet units in the South West, London and North East regions and in Scotland. With two more on the way for the North West and Eastern England, the Pods are helping to provide an improved syllabus and pathway of engineering-related training to pupils in Years 9 and 10.
Seafarers UK is now actively seeking funds for the next two Pods, one for Eastern England and one for the North West, with the aim of having these in place for Spring 2018.
If you’d like to support this or similar projects with a donation please visit our ‘Future Seafarers Centenary Appeal’.