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TeenTech returns to Yorkshire

posted 9 Dec 2013, 06:26 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 12 Dec 2013, 03:38 by Dean Hughes ]
TeenTech, the award winning initiative which brings careers in science technology and engineering to life, returns to Doncaster Racecourse on March 27th .

CEO of TeenTech, broadcaster Maggie Philbin says "I’m really looking forward to  working with everyone in South Yorkshire again. We had a brilliant experience here last time with many teachers telling us it was the best event they’d ever attended and 100% saying they definitely wanted to come again.  It was fabulous to see the very real effect of the day – one team of students decided to set themselves up as an app company there and then and another were so inspired by the ‘TeenTech City of Tomorrow challenge’ they entered the TeenTech Awards and reached the final  at The Royal Society."

The event brings together the very best science, technology and engineering companies in the region, together with global companies and start-ups to give teenagers a sense of the real opportunities out there and the skills needed to take advantage of them. 

The event changes outdated perceptions of what it might be like to work in the Science, Technology or Engineering industries. At a recent TeenTech event on the Olympic Park, only 29% of girls arrived thinking they were fairly or very interested in becoming an engineer but by the end of the day 71% felt that way. 

Director of Efficiency North, Lee Parkinson commented, “Employment and Skills are at the heart of Efficiency North’s activities, with provision for employment and apprenticeships contractually embedded into all our regional Frameworks for Yorkshire and Humber.  We’re therefore delighted to be supporting this event, which will not only provide a unique opportunity for young people to explore their own potential in Science and Engineering in an innovative and dynamic way, but will also build those vital links between local businesses and the future workforce in the region”.

”Mick Werritt, Director of Property Services at St Leger Homes, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this event and run our own apprenticeship programme. Some of these young people will be our workforce of the future.  I can’t wait to see their designs and ideas.”

Andrew Webb, Business Doncaster from the South Yorkshire steering group says “We are delighted to be running this event in a region which has so many world class engineering and technology companies.  South Yorkshire needs to nurture the talent and potential of young people and show them careers which really do have the X factor” 

Schools across the region are signing up now and if your company would like to be involved, please contact Sandra Cooper