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Grant to help train region's next generation of engineers





Warwickshire County Council's Shire Hall headquarters in Warwick.
Warwickshire County Council's Shire Hall headquarters in Warwick.

Students at Studley High School are honing their engineering skills thanks to a £37,800 grant from Warwickshire County Council.

The money comes from the council’s Skills for Employment Programme, which aims to give students the expertise to succeed in the local engineering and precision manufacturing jobs market.

The skills needed in these roles are linked to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), subjects that fewer young people are choosing to study.

The project at Studley High School runs until next August, catering for students of all ages and abilities.

They will work with a community of local businesses, improving skills by taking part in projects such as the design and development of cars or the design and build of Go Karts.

The money will fund workshops and conference style days to help young people decide on their future career paths and improve their interview technique and CVs.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Skills Challenge grant funding supports projects which tackle specific skills challenges in our region. Getting more young people into employment with relevant skills is in everyone’s interests, as businesses receive an opportunity to train talented recruits while those young people get a great start to their career path.

“Studley High School’s innovative project will help young people gain the skills they need to succeed in the local engineering industry.”

Lee Gray, headteacher at Studley High School added: “The Skills Challenge grant is helping us maximise the future job opportunities for our students in the thriving engineering and programming sector. This project means that local businesses will engage directly with hundreds of students and possible future employees at Studley High School and other local primary schools.

“Tailored work experience placements will help develop the right skills and attributes needed to succeed in the local engineering and programming job market. At the same time, our students will be able to get a flavour of the kind of opportunities available and the skills required to succeed in this sector.”



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