STEM skills set for a boost thanks to automotive supplier

Posted on 1 Sep 2016 by Fred Tongue

Brose UK has signed a deal with Coventry Transport Museum to boost local skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

L to R: Gary Hall (Coventry Transport Museum), Juergen Zahl Brose UK), and Francis Ranford (Coventry Transport Museum).
L to R: Gary Hall (Coventry Transport Museum), Juergen Zahl Brose UK), and Francis Ranford (Coventry Transport Museum).

It’s expected that more than 12,000 young people from across the Coventry region will receive a boost in STEM training thanks to a new learning officer that will work at the Coventry Transport Museum in an effort to engage more secondary school students.

Brose UK, which manufactures window regulators and seat structures for the international automotive industry, has agreed to sponsor the deal which will see an extra 800 12 to 16 year-olds take part in a range of educational activities each year.

Some of the activities in the programme include working on land speed record projects, recycling materials to make new machines and a scheme that brings industry and academia together to showcase how traditional processes have evolved in modern manufacturing.

This deal comes as part of a scheme by Brose UK to develop more STEM engineers in an attempt to hire 100 new members of staff over the coming twelve months.

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Managing director of Brose UK, Juergen Zahl explained: “Coventry was the centre of the automotive world for many years and we are slowly enjoying a renaissance, with significant investment in the car sector and a host of new technologies being developed by firms and Universities across the region.”

He continued: “The sponsorship met a number of our corporate social responsibility objectives and resonated highly with our apprenticeship and graduate programmes that we are expanding year-on-year. This is just the start; we are actively looking to get involved in activities and ensure our engineers and other employees use their skills to make a difference.”

Pilot sessions are being finalised by Mel Ballam, who has been appointed as the Brose learning officer for the museum, with the expectation for sessions to launch next month.

These sessions will help to shape the content of the full progamme that will support 12,000 young people every year through a series of activities they will take part in during their visits.

Director of learning and engagement at Coventry Transport Museum, Francis Ranford commented: “Without [Brose UK’s] sponsorship we wouldn’t have been able to employ a dedicated learning officer and we now believe we can make a real impact in spreading the STEM message, especially to secondary school pupils.”

“We are now looking for schools to come forward and share their intention to take part. Our facilities are world class and we now have the resource needed to make the most of them.”

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise, fall and ongoing rebirth of its biggest industry.

Brose UK has been present in Coventry since 1989 and currently manufactures seat and door systems for Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo.