Renishaw strengthens education outreach programme

To support its popular education outreach programme, Renishaw has launched a new dedicated section of its website. Aimed at parents, teachers and school students in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and South Wales, the area gives information about its on-site workshops and educational facilities, which aim to get young people involved in engineering. The pages also include engineering careers information, an online booking form and engineering careers ‘mythbusting’.

Renishaw works with local schools, universities and partners to promote a positive view of engineering careers to young people. As a part of this, the company offers a range of activities including hands-on practical sessions, work experience, careers talks and tours of its world class facilities.

The new web pages offer an online booking form for schools in South Wales, Bristol and Gloucestershire to attend Renishaw for a range of workshops. These take place either at the company’s Wotton-under-Edge headquarters or a dedicated education facility at its Miskin manufacturing plant.

The education outreach pages also contains information aimed at young people, which is designed to interest and educate them about careers in engineering. This includes information on what engineering is and what a career in engineering entails, as well as the pathways into the field. Students can also find out more about the company’s work experience programme and how to get involved.

“Before adding the pages, we had very limited education outreach information on our website,” explained Simon Biggs, Education outreach officer at Renishaw. “Local schools found out about the work we do by word of mouth. Having the section online will increase the number of people who can find out about our outreach programme and help us to interact with new schools, universities and partners, spreading our positive message among more young people.”

“We are working hard to show young people that engineering is a fun, engaging and successful career pathway,” explained Chris Pockett, head of Communications at Renishaw. “Each of our workshops link to the school curriculum to help young people understand how what they are doing in school can be applied to the wider industry and career opportunities. This promotes engineering in a positive light, by creating a meaningful experience early on.”

Renishaw works with a number of partners to help promote its education outreach messages including Aerospace Bristol, Festomane, SS Great Britain Trust, Bristol Music Trust, The Engineering Education Scheme Wales and Greenpower.

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