Taking engineering to the children

BAE Systems is showing young people that science and technology can be cool through their Engineering Roadshow, which has been touring schools around the country. Adam Khan interviewed Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems Group Managing Director at a roadshow in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic College, Southwark, London.

The roadshow targets inner city schools to promote science, technology, engineering and maths related, training, studying and careers to young people.

The scheme’s intention is to help increase the UK’s skills base necessary for the engineering and high technology sector. BAE believes that young people’s perception of science and engineering needs to be changed and the roadshow will help achieve that.

Over the next ten months the initiative will reach more than 25,000 young people from over 240 schools nationwide. The roadshow will spend a week each in schools in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. More than 160,000 young people have seen the roadshow since it was first launched in 2005.