Collaborating on school engineering skills in Milton Keynes

L-R: Neil Beaumont of Lenze Ltd, Cllr Zoe Nolan, Catherine Roberts from Stratus Technologies Systems Ltd, Mark Bottomley of Rockwell Automation
L-R: Neil Beaumont of Lenze Ltd, Cllr Zoe Nolan, Catherine Roberts from Stratus Technologies Systems Ltd, Mark Bottomley of Rockwell Automation

Cabinet Member for Schools and Families, Zoe Nolan attended the launch of a new engineering skills programme which will be delivered to 10 local schools.

Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation will collaborate with local and national organisations and work closely with Rockwell Automotive that has been based in Milton Keynes for more than 50 years.

The project will fund 10 local primary schools through its programme in the current academic year. The Primary Engineer programme will provide training to teachers aligned with the curriculum and bring in professional engineers to each project. This practical approach will help bring it back into the classroom and the working world.

Speaking of the launch held at Rockwell Automotive, led by Primary Engineer UK, councillor Zoe Nolan was delighted that local businesses will share their commitment to help promote engineering skills development from a young age and build on these skills in the classroom.

Milton Keynes Council welcomes this new initiative as it has chosen Cranfield University as the lead provider for the new University, MK:U, which opens its doors to students in 2023. MK:U’s main aim is to prepare students for the future world of work and its delivery of a distinctive STEM focus (Science ,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Zoe Nolan said: “What a fabulous programme! I was excited to learn more about how “Primary Engineer” would work alongside our teachers and bring engineers into the classroom."

She added: "This is exactly the sort of help we are looking for in our schools so we all better understand the engineering of today. My thanks to Rockwell Automation, their partners Stratus, Lenze and others who are sponsoring the programme. Their timing could not be better as we prepare for our STEM University in Milton Keynes, MK:U.”