T-T Pumps is a pump manufacturer and supplier. They design, manufacture and install a range of products. Recently, they have been inspiring the next generation of engineers with Inspiring the Future by visiting local primary schools to develop interest of engineering from an early age. Read on to find out about their experience and get ideas as to how you, and your employer, could support the future talent pipeline of your industry with Inspiring the Future:
Why do you think it is important for organisation’s like yours to connect with primary school children?
Although it might seem young to be talking to ten and eleven-year olds about their futures, T-T see importance of inspiring the next generation at an early age. We wonder what would happen if the next generation lost all interest in engineering as a profession. And this why we’ve set out to show children in our local area the opportunities that engineering gives to express and enhance a wide variety of skill sets, and get young people interested in the world of engineering.
What sorts of activities do you run to engage and excite the children about engineering?
The workshops we run take the children through a series of worksheets explaining the different types of engineers and routes to entry. They are structured in the following way:
- Begin with a quick show and tell of our products where the children try and guess what the members of the team do for a living as well as deciphering what T-T does as a company
- Next the children take part in several activities designed to help them understand what their skills are and how these could be used as a successful engineer
- We finish with a test of the children’s creative skills in a competition to design the best new control panel for T-T.
What has been the impact of your workshops so far?
We have now ventured into a couple of local schools and the feedback has been very positive and rewarding. It has been a pleasure to see the impact of our workshops and the children’s increased excitement about engineering.
It has also been rewarding for our staff. Jane Delicata, our Controls Manager, said:
“I got into engineering at a young age when I helped my father as a child in his workshop. I personally feel passionate about passing this onto the next generation to show them that they can achieve whatever they want too with a little effort and passion. The workshops have been a great success so far and I hope we can continue to inspire as many local children as possible.”
A huge thanks to T-T for sharing your experience with us.
If you’re an employer looking to inspire the future generation and support the future talent pipeline for your organisation and/or sector, get in touch to find out how we could support you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.