The UK as a whole needs more Engineers, Scientists and Specialists. Therefore it’s vital that we all seed an enthusiasm for technical problem-solving and professions from a young age. For the past eight years, L-3 TRL has supported student projects in our local community through the UK Engineering Development Trust (EDT) charity by providing Engineering mentors.
The EES (Engineering in Education Scheme) sees national Engineering companies pairing with local schools, to lead students through real design and prototype projects, giving them an insight into careers in Engineering. By participating in the EES, the team members gain general design experience, knowledge of communications, problem analysis and solution design, as well as project management and presentation skills.
The aim is to teach cross-discipline skills and guide the students through design processes, whilst presenting challenges and encouraging their own capabilities; ultimately, the EES gives the students a taste of a career in Engineering, through a fast-paced design.
The project runs from October until June each year. This year, we’ve supported two groups of sixth formers in our local community, from Tewkesbury School and Cheltenham Ladies College. Our Engineering team spent two hours per week over 6-8 months, mentoring and leading the students in development from our initial project brief.
This year’s project comprised of the research and development of a system that will track a person’s movement around a designated area, sensing the signals coming from an already-carried wireless transmitter, in order to improve security (e.g. identify from a central control desk, whether the person is somewhere they shouldn’t be).
The projects culminated last week in an assessment day at a large Engineering firm where the students presented their projects to the panel and fielded any questions from others at a trade show style stand.
We at L-3 TRL are committed to bringing more engineers, scientists and specialists into the world, thus we will continue to support programmes such as the EES, as well as the offerings of apprenticeships, placement programmes for undergraduates and graduate positions.
To find out more about Engineering in Education Scheme please visit their website.