- Educating young people in engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, electrical, design, and workshop practice
- Promoting science, technology and engineering focused activities and careers.
We know that the United Kingdom is facing a growing nationwide skills shortage in science, technology and engineering sectors. This is a result of a highly skilled workforce that is approaching retirement and a reluctance from young people to study and enter careers in these areas.
Closer to home, the heritage and tourism rail industry faces additional challenges. This ranges from the diminishing specialist skills to keep heritage assets operable, the public's interest to volunteer their time to support the industry, and a regulatory need to offer customers a Victorian experience on railways operated and maintained to modern safety standards.
Facing the national challenges means facing the stark realities. Addressing the skills crisis by encouraging young people into STEM related careers can only be achieved through early engagement during their primary and secondary education. This engagement window diminishes as young people enter their teens and approach adulthood. We have to adapt and move with the attitudes and behaviours of young people to present an inclusive learning environment and help guide them into meaningful careers.