GCU hosts Engineering Development Trust day for budding engineers

25 April 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting the Engineering Development Trust’s Engineering Education Scheme Celebration Day, promoting the achievements of school pupils working with industrial companies to learn about the world of engineering.

Taking place at GCU on Friday, April 28, the Engineering Education Scheme Assessment and Celebration Day will see students from eight schools gather to have their work assessed by a panel of expert judges and the winners announced.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Helen Anderson, EDT Scotland Director, and GCU’s Head of the Department of Engineering Professor Scott McMeekin, will join the pupils to celebrate their achievements.

The Engineering Development Trust aims to raise awareness of the vital contribution that engineering and technology makes to our society and economy. Through a series of tasters, projects and placements, the Trust works in partnership with industry and schools to encourage careers in science, engineering and technology.

Professor McMeekin said: “Working with great companies such as EDF Engineering, Calnex Solutions, Dialog Semiconductor, Leonardo, Sparrows Group, Arup and Laing O’Rourke, the pupils have spent six months working on real-life, industry-related issues. The projects give an early insight into the world of work and can be a deciding factor in future study and career choices. GCU is delighted to be host to such a forum of innovative ideas.”

The students who completed the EES project will be eligible to graduate as Industrial Cadets. The Industrial Cadet Award is an industry-led standard that evidences the breadth and depth of study undertaken by the students.