Thales in the UK has announced a partnership with Primary Engineer, an organisation that works to bring engineering into classrooms and inspire the next generation of engineers.

With 50 per cent of engineering firms reportedly finding it difficult to recruit and retain those with the correct skills and knowledge, Thales in the UK said it recognised the importance of reaching young people at school age, to encourage them to consider careers in STEM and develop their skills from an early age.

Primary Engineers Leaders Award

This is why the company has become the latest national partner for the Primary Engineers Leaders Award.

The annual UK-wide initiative asks the question ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ and encourages pupils to identify problems in the world and come up with creative solutions.

Alex Creswell, CEO of Thales in the UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be a national partner for this competition. Our team is looking forward to mentoring pupils during their journey and experiencing what the minds of tomorrow will come up with in response to some of the world’s most critical issues.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to inspire young people and help build some of the practical and cognitive skills they need to pursue an engineering career.”

Open to all

The competition, which is open to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, looks to encourage and grow diverse young talent.

Dr Susan Scurlock MBE, founder and CEO of Primary Engineer, said: “We are delighted that Thales in the UK has come on board as a National Partner of our Leaders Award Competition as it goes into its 10th year.

“Over 32,000 pupils took part in the competition last year, and with the continued support of Thales we will be able to bring engineering into even more classrooms across the UK.”
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