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NBBC supports inspiring TeenTech Innovation day

Published on Monday, 25th November 2019

The TeenTech Innovation Day which took place on Friday 8 November was designed to interest young people in careers in science and technology.

Earlier this month the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) welcomed TV scientist Dallas Campbell in an event led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.

Dallas, who specialises in engineering, space, geography and the natural environment is a regular presenter of Stargazing Live, the Gadget Show and the BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory.

Around 160 Year 9 students from a wide scope of schools in the local area including Higham Lane, George Eliot, Nicholas Chamberlaine, St Thomas More and the Nuneaton Academy were joined by others from North Warwickshire Borough and Hinckley & Bosworth.

Students learnt about forthcoming opportunities across technology and engineering and had a chance to take part in a variety of exciting, practical and interactive challenges using the latest technology.

The workshops also offered an insight into the technological innovations of the future and students gained valuable career advice from organisations including HORIBA MIRA, Triumph, Autins and the University of Leicester who were in attendance on the day.

Dawn Dawson – Director - Housing, Communities & Economic Development at Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council said:

“This event was a wonderful opportunity for local students to be inspired by the amazing world of science and technology. The students were able to gain some exciting hands-on experience and talk to some of the people from the UK’s leading organisations. It was great for NBBC to be involved in such an inspiring event and thank you to all who attended to make this day a huge success.”

Lisa Bingley, Operations Director for the MTI said:

“The future of the UK depends on skills in science, technology, engineering and maths. We need young people to be inspired by STEM careers so that we have a workforce able to overcome the challenges now facing the transport industry with the development of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicle technology, and the challenges brought by electrification, cybersecurity and emissions.”

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said,

“The TeenTech programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain inspiration for their future careers. They may not have considered choosing engineering or technology, but this type of event demonstrates that solving problems can be fun and hugely rewarding. On behalf of our partners HORIBA MIRA and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, a heartfelt thank you for staging this exciting day.”

TeenTech, founded by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, work with over 10,000 young people each year to unlock their potential and help them understand opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries.

MTI is a unique partnership led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, along with HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester.

MTI offers an extensive range of specialist training, qualifications and apprenticeships for people aspiring to work in the automotive sector as well as courses tailored for the business sector including SMEs and larger organisations.