Conservative-led Wiltshire Council seeks the engineers of tomorrow

Conservative-led Wiltshire Council seeks the engineers of tomorrow

Wiltshire Council is nurturing the engineers of the future in an event at County Hall, Trowbridge, on 16 October.

Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire Council has to Offer is a day of presentations and exhibitions for pupils and teachers.

It aims to showcase engineering as an exciting, rewarding and creative career.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, will welcome guests to the event. Baroness Scott said:

We need the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers to help shape the future of our world.
Not enough young people especially girls think it's a career for them. That costs us so much potential talent, and it robs the youngsters of a chance to pursue a fascinating and satisfying profession.

The morning session (9-11.30am) for teachers and leaders in education, features presentations by an array of experts in STEM teaching and learning, opening with SEERIH, Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub, University Of Manchester.

In the second session (11.30am-4pm), the Atrium at County Hall welcomes visitors, including groups of school students and members of the public, to a wide range of attractions and exhibitions from employers, universities and other organisations linked with engineering. Exhibitors include:

  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The James Dyson Foundation
  • University of Bath
  • University of Southampton
  • Wiltshire College
  • The Army
  • Wessex Water
  • REME Museum
  • Exciting hands-on activities and experiments

The event will also explain the ways in which Wiltshire Council can work with schools to encourage more youngsters to take up engineering and the support that can be given through the Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network helping schools to work more closely with business.

The event is part of the Year of Engineering, a Government project which celebrates the vital contribution the profession makes to the economy.

If you would like to attend the morning session, or you are a teacher and would like to bring a group of pupils to the afternoon open session, email

The afternoon session is open to the public.

by Hollis Butler,