Engineering in schools

The ECITB Schools Tour, ‘Be a Part of Engineering Construction,’ is on a mission – to help attract 60,000 more people into engineering construction over the next 10 years.

The schools tour will soon be visiting Forfar Academy and Webster’s High Schools with its interactive theatre in education roadshow, designed for students aged 13 to 16. The hugely successful tour, which visits around 150 STEM schools (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across the country each year, aims to increase the awareness of the engineering construction industry and focus on the importance of the industry in young peoples lives.

David Edwards, Chief Executive, ECITB said: “The ECITB’s Schools Tour initiative is designed to raise the awareness of engineering construction careers. It is an innovative and exciting way to engage with young people and I am delighted the ECITB is able to showcase the industry in this way.

“The engineering construction industry is in the position to be able to offer exciting and well paid careers to young people. Our latest manpower forecasts show that a 30 per cent growth in manpower is needed to attract 60,000 more skilled workers, across all our sectors over the next 10 years. It is vital to the future of engineering construction in this country that we raise awareness of the industry with young people.”

As part of the roadshow, teachers are provided with ECITB careers teaching support. Lesson one, carried out with the students before attending the roadshow, introduces students to the idea of skill sets, highlights the link between skills sets and career opportunities and finally introduces students to the idea of apprenticeships, the term ‘Engineering Construction’ and the name ECITB.

The second lesson plan, intended for students after attending the ECITB Roadshow focuses on the practicalities of starting work and on students being able to construct their own CVs.

The show will be in Forfar and Kirriemuir on Tuesday, November 13.