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The Institution of Primary Engineers and The Institution of Secondary Engineers are an exciting development in the pursuit of advancing STEM education in schools and developing the next generation of engineers from an early age. The aim of the institutions is to help provide a foundation to challenge the widening engineering skills gap and improve pupils’ career pathways and employability through close collaboration with pupils, educators, industry, the STEM community, and parents.
Dr Susan Scurlock, MBE, founder of Primary Engineer and creator of the two Institutions, said: “This is the beginning of a cycle that will embed fundamental skills in children from a very young age providing them with the foundation for their and our future.” Primary Engineer currently utilises a range of programmes to engage with over 60,000 pupils across the UK and over 4,000 teachers from primary schools upwards.
The Institutions are designed to help pupils and teachers structure skills, both personal and those closely related to engineering, and the wider STEM curriculum continuously throughout a pupil’s education. Delivered via an online portal, teachers can create, access and evaluate projects while keeping track of the skills their school delivers.
Dr Scurlock added: “Too often, children who are excited by engineering skills and project-based learning are unable to pursue them consistently through their educational journey, and many able students lose the thread into STEM related careers. We’ve now bridged the gaps between each phase of their education and will give school children an idea of what belonging to a professional body in a highly professional environment feels like.”
Recently, the Institutions named Nick Ellins, CEO of Energy & Utility Skills as its first honorary fellow as part of the initiative to identify and engage with leaders in the core sectors to extend their reach and encourage more firms to follow suit and get involved in developing these ‘engineers in the making’. “Now the real work begins, and we are calling for teachers, pupils and industry to get behind the Institutions and help us make them a platform to an exciting career that all pupils deserve,” Dr Scurlock said.
To find out more about the institutions, including how children, teachers, schools and enterprises can get involved, visit www.onedotall.com.
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