Bosch to show schoolchildren engineering is fun

CHILDREN will be given a lesson in the art of engineering thanks to a roadshow by Worcester Bosch.

The national roadshow will tour secondary schools across the UK but engineers from Bosch will speak to pupils living on the doorstep of the company's Worcester headquarters by visiting Nunnery Wood High School next week.

Bosch organised the tour after its research showed nearly half of 13 to 16 year olds didn't understand what engineers did.

The company believes pupils are not being taught enough about engineering in the classroom.

Carl Arntzen, managing director at Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “Our company been designing and manufacturing boilers in Worcester since 1962 and we’re proud to have firmly established roots in the area.

“Our Which? Award winning Greenstar gas boilers are installed in homes all over the country.

"This wouldn’t have been possible without our highly skilled engineers.

“Unfortunately, not enough young people understand exactly what a career in engineering can offer.

"That is why we’re keen to help the next generation understand the options available to them when they finish school.

"A career in engineering offers so much, but few students are given the opportunity in schools to learn more about what it involves.”

Bosch's research found many believed engineering was very manual and dirty work with nearly a third dismissing it as "boring."

The company hopes its fun and interactive school roadshow will raise awareness of what engineering is and how it is integral to everything we do.

The show includes live demonstrations to illustrate how various technologies work and highlights recent exciting developments such as a leaf blower-powered hovercraft showing the considerable amount of power that can be generated by a cordless battery within a small space.

The roadshow will be at Nunnery Wood High School on Wednesday, February 26.

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3:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

The Curious Kumquat says...

Speaking as an Engineer (Electronics) myself it's cool that Bosch are trying to raise the profile of engineering jobs but the problem is much more that just lack of awareness.

The fact that anyone in any profession can self title themselves as an engineer ranging from the person who empties your bin (refuse engineer), fixes your plumbing, installs satellite TV etc. somewhat dilutes the title.

In other parts of the world (Germany is typically quoted, but also USA, Canada, Australia...) engineer is a protected title. You can't call yourself one unless you have qualifications (i.e. a University degree) and experience. Some professions in the country do have that, for example architecture, but not engineering. Hence kids at school get asked if they want to go into engineering and they say no as there idea of a good job isn't fixing peoples washing machines.

In the meantime it has created a big skills shortage in the UK so hopefully my salary will sky rocket of the next few years as a result :)
Speaking as an Engineer (Electronics) myself it's cool that Bosch are trying to raise the profile of engineering jobs but the problem is much more that just lack of awareness. The fact that anyone in any profession can self title themselves as an engineer ranging from the person who empties your bin (refuse engineer), fixes your plumbing, installs satellite TV etc. somewhat dilutes the title. In other parts of the world (Germany is typically quoted, but also USA, Canada, Australia...) engineer is a protected title. You can't call yourself one unless you have qualifications (i.e. a University degree) and experience. Some professions in the country do have that, for example architecture, but not engineering. Hence kids at school get asked if they want to go into engineering and they say no as there idea of a good job isn't fixing peoples washing machines. In the meantime it has created a big skills shortage in the UK so hopefully my salary will sky rocket of the next few years as a result :) The Curious Kumquat

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