On Friday 11th November, and as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, the TDA will be taking over the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, to celebrate the first year of the Torbay MADE (Manufacturing Activities Designed to Engage) pilot. A project created to inspire young people and promote the Torbay and South Devon manufacturing industry.
Focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), TechBay 2016 will be a unique hands-on, interactive experience showcasing the latest technologies to engage and excite our next generation of scientists, engineers and hi-tech engineers. The event is being delivered in partnership with Torbay Council and South Devon College.
Torbay’s Elected Mayor and Chairman of South Devon Manufacturing Forum, Gordon Oliver, said: “The project is raising the profile of careers within the engineering sector and the opportunities available locally, both now and for the future. By informing young people of the sectors which are growing in Torbay we can help raise skill levels, create opportunities and maintain quality full time jobs in Torbay. I would like to congratulate the schools who are participating in the programme and thank the local businesses in helping deliver the stimulating and engaging activities.”
TechBay 2016 will give students the opportunity to get to grips with real life engineering and science, encouraging their future interest in manufacturing, engineering and advanced electronics. Local engineering and manufacturing businesses will help deliver an interactive programme of activities to engage the young people and excite them to consider careers in Hi Tech Manufacturing, Engineering, Advanced Electronics and/or Photonics.
Gooch & Housego, Babcock, Sonardyne International, MB Aerospace and The Big Bang UK are just some of the companies that are featuring an interactive stand at the event.
The schools attending include Brixham College, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Paignton Community and Sports Academy, St Cuthbert Mayne School, The Spires College, Torquay Academy, Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and Torquay Girls Grammar School.
Their business mentors are Casting Support Systems, Dart Valley Systems, Hymid Multi-Shot, Spirent Communications, Venture Photonics and Westaway’s Sausages.
Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA, said: “It is fantastic to see this event bring schools and businesses together. The activities at TechBay are delivered in an interactive way to maximise engagement, whilst providing attendees with a dedicated forum to learn more about the engineering and manufacturing sectors. The excellent partnership between schools and businesses is vital to the future of these sectors.”
Funding from the South West Peninsula City Deal Manufacturing and Marine Challenge Fund and matched funding from TDA enabled the delivery of the project.
Further information on the event can be found at: http://www.torbayspace.co.uk/techbayFollow