Students from deprived coastal regions attend ‘Future Marine Engineering’ courses

Thanks to Seafarer’s UK support, the Smallpeice Trust delivered a week-long Future Marine Engineering residential course at the University of Southampton and awarded 40 sponsored places to students living in deprived coastal regions of the UK.

The project aimed to improve understandings of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and during the course, students were given a unique glimpse into what it takes to design ships and renewable energy technologies which harness the power of the ocean.

Working alongside engineers and researchers from across the maritime frontier, the students built on their time management and presentation skills and gained first-hand experience of university life. Seafarers UK spent a busy day alongside the students, including 14-year-olds Rukhsar and Bailey. Rukhsar said: ‘I am enjoying everything about the course but the thing I liked the most was building a boat with my group. Even though we met very recently, we managed to comfortably get our ideas across and work as a team.’

Bailey felt the course had impacted on his future options, saying, ‘I now have a better idea of engineering and what it’s all about and what studying for it at university is like. I would encourage younger students to get involved as it’s a very good insight into the world of engineering.’

The Smallpeice Trust told us, ‘This project has successfully achieved its goals of raising awareness of maritime engineering and its related careers. It would not have been possible without the generous support from Seafarers UK. Thank you.’

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