More than 12,000 young people from across the region will receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) boost thanks to a partnership between Coventry Transport Museum and a leading local automotive supplier.
Brose UK, which manufactures window regulators and seat structures for international car makers, has agreed to sponsor a new learning officer to work at the museum in a bid to engage with secondary school students.
The deal will see 800 more 12- to 16-year-olds take part in a host of educational activities every year, ranging from working on land speed record projects and recycling materials to make new machines, to a complex scheme that will bring together industry and academia to showcase how traditional processes have evolved into modern manufacturing.
It is part of Brose UK’s approach to developing the next generation of engineers and to help it hire 100 more staff over the next 12 months.
Juergen Zahl, managing director of Brose UK, said: “We are very passionate about investing in skills and ensuring we get more young people interested in following a career in the automotive industry.
“Coventry was the centre of the automotive world for many years and we are slowly enjoying a renaissance, with significant investment in the car sector and a host of new technologies being developed by firms andUniversities across the region.”
Mel Ballam has been appointed as the new learning officer and is currently working with other members of the team to finalise a series of pilot sessions for primary and secondary schools starting next month.
The initial projects include: Learning about the design of the thrust car used in the land speed record through the creation of a balloon/soda powder car and a project to come up with a moving machine from recycled materials and then presenting it to other groups.
Francis Ranford, director of learning and engagement at Coventry Transport Museum, said: “We are now looking for schools to come forward and share their intention to take part. Our facilities are world class and we now have the resource needed to make the most of them.”
Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly-owned collection of British vehicles in the world which recently underwent a £9.5 million redevelopment programme.