Pupils ex­plore ca­reer op­tions

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - BUSINESS - BY DAVID MCPHEE

Pupils at Aberdeen’s Kin­corth Acad­emy were given a crash course in engineering yes­ter­day.

AFBE-UK Scot­land, a chap­ter of its larger UK so­cial en­ter­prise, brought its Next Gen pro­gramme into the school to show fourth year pupils the ev­ery­day ap­pli­ca­tions of the sec­tor.

Look­ing to in­spire young en­gi­neers of the fu­ture, AFBE-UK Scot­land un­der­took a se­ries of games and chal­lenges de­signed to put the Kin­corth pupil’s prob­lem solv­ing, team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to the test.

Stu­dents were also treated to an an­i­mated video which high­lighted the ap­pli­ca­tions that engineering has in ev­ery­day life, be­fore tak­ing part in a group he­li­copter land­ing pad de­sign chal­lenge.

Mr Ol­lie Fo­layan, chair of AFBE-UK Scot­land, said: “We are de­lighted to be work­ing to­gether

“High­light that engineering is about be­ing cre­ative”

with schools across Aberdeen to pro­mote engineering as a ca­reer choice.

“We hope to high­light that engineering is about be­ing cre­ative, bring­ing projects to life and do­ing some­thing that can have a real im­pact on day-to­day life. We’re look­ing for­ward to en­gag­ing with sec­ondary pupils for the first time.”

De­spite hav­ing en­gaged over 600 pri­ma­ryage pupils through­out Aberdeen through the Nex­tGen pro­gramme, this event was the first time that not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, AFBE-UK Scot­land, had per­formed the pro­gramme within a sec­ondary school.

Set up in 2011, the pro­gramme brings to­gether in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and young peo­ple to pro­vide them with an au­then­tic look into of the world of work while show­cas­ing po­ten­tial fu­ture ca­reer op­tions.

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