The Welding Institute Northumbria Branch Dinner 2022

The Welding Institute Northumbria Branch Dinner 2022

The Welding Institute Northumbria Branch Dinner 2022

RTC North STEM team attended The Welding Institute Northumbria Branch on Friday night. Congratulations to Courtney Newton from WD Close and Sons for winning Student of the Year Courtney’s training provider is Newcastle College It was great to see a great turnout with over 120 people attending. Janine Marshall the STEM Contracts Manager was one of the presenters at the dinner. Janine spoke about the skills gap in the North East region and advised how the STEM hub can support the businesses reach out to the talent pipeline they desperately need.

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STEMFEST NETZERO GIVES PLATFORM TO 13 YEAR OLD AIMING TO INSPIRE FELLOW PUPILS

STEMFEST NETZERO GIVES PLATFORM TO 13 YEAR OLD AIMING TO INSPIRE FELLOW PUPILS

STEMFEST NETZERO GIVES PLATFORM TO 13 YEAR OLD AIMING TO INSPIRE FELLOW PUPILS

Teenage schoolgirl is latest and youngest inspirational speaker at STEMFest NetZero

A 13-year-old schoolgirl with a lifelong passion for climate change will inspire her peers to live sustainably during the upcoming STEMFest NetZero event at St. James’ Park.

Gwen Lewis-Hedley, who attends Valley Gardens Middle School, in Whitley Bay, will be encouraging pupils from more than 100 North East school to attend the three-day exhibition giving young people the opportunity to explore a future career in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector.

Gwen said: “When I was in Year Five, a teacher approached me about starting an eco-club, since I had been involved in some similar projects earlier in the year.

“In the beginning, I started with the approach I’d learned from the way most people handle the subject with a strong message that ‘young people will save the planet’ and to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.

“But then I read Greta Thunberg’s book No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference. Not only did it give me a clearer understanding of the science but changed the way I looked at climate crisis education – ‘can young people save the planet?’ No, not without governments. And if we reduce, reuse and recycle, will it make a difference? Only if the ethos is implemented to systems on a global scale.

“I took this with me to every meeting, rally and article on the subject I’ve approached since. I started getting more involved with local climate action groups around the lockdown period, and was surprised by how resilient the young activists I met were even when they couldn’t use their usual campaign methods. Focusing on climate action got me through some tough times during the pandemic, and in my action now, I try to show other young people that by doing something about important

about global problems, the worry and hopelessness you may feel surrounding them can go away. STEMFest is a key support for young people in North Tyneside and their futures. Evidently, I aim for a similar influence in climate action and feel very enthusiastic about supporting and taking part in the event. I want to say how grateful I am to Dawn Ross and Claire Willis for inviting me.

“Their passion, positivity and faith in kids’ futures is very inspiring, and speaks for what STEMFest is all about.”

 

Claire Willis, Business Development Manager for the North East STEM Hub, added: “What an inspiration Gwen is to the next generation, her courage at speaking out on her beliefs is admirable.

“NetZero is high on the UK government’s agenda for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and we are keen to educate and inspire the next generation the importance of protecting the climate whilst demonstrating the opportunities that will be available in careers.

“I am delighted that Gwen at such a young age is coming to help spread the word and help put the region on the map.”

STEMFEST NetZero also welcomes 50 businesses in five zones – Power and Natural Resources Zone which is sponsored by Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Climate and Adaptation Zone sponsored by Jacobs, Building and Construction Zone sponsored by Balfour Beaty, Business and Industry Zone sponsored by Accenture and the transport zone.

Headline sponsored by Sage, a leader in the account, financial, HR and payroll for small and mid-sized businesses, the face-to-face and digital hybrid event is being coordinated by the North East STEM Hub in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation’s innovative NU Futures programme.

For more information on STEMFEST NetZero, visit:https://stemfest.org.uk/

Bridging the Skills Gap

Bridging the Skills Gap

Bridging the Skills Gap

Last week, the North East STEM HUB took part in Showcase Tees Valley and delivered a Future Skills Workshop.

A recent graduate was amongst the 200 attendees who attended the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Curtis Johns graduated from Northumbria University in July with a BENG(H) Mechanical Engineering class 2:1 and has been looking for employment opportunities in technical and engineering type disciplines, specifically interested in renewable energy. Curtis has since walked away with dozens of connections and links showing just how valuable the North East STEM Hub is in bridging the skills gap.

The showcase shared valuable opportunities with businesses in sectors such as Infrastructure, Advanced Manufacturing Process, Offshore and Renewable Energy, and Digital.

The North East STEM HUB in partnership with Primary Engineer delivered a Future Skills workshop where they addressed the skill shortage agenda and how important it is for the industry to access a skilled pipeline of talent as their workforce for the future.

STEM Hub Contract Manager Janine Marshall said:

“The skills session at Showcase Tees Valley engaged the audience in a long and interesting discussion about the impact of skills shortages on the future success of the regional industry. Participation and input from business leaders were fantastic and everyone reinforced the need to bridge the gap between education and industry. Through initiatives delivered by Primary Engineer and ourselves at The North East STEM Hub, we can help leaders future proof their business.

“Curtis was part of the discussion and had sat alongside and spoken at length to a fellow business leader who took the opportunity at the close of the session to encourage Curtis to deliver a quick elevator pitch and use this forum to promote himself. Curtis did a brilliant pitch and it finished the session off on a fantastic final note. As I understand it Curtis secured three great connections and links that day so a fantastic result all round!”

Curtis Johns commented: “As a graduate mechanical engineer I am constantly on the lookout for opportunities for a possible career path within the STEM sector, when I heard about Showcase Tees Valley taking place I thought this would be an exciting way to discover more about the local companies that are conducting such innovative and compelling projects on the doorstep along with the people involved.

“RTC North did a fantastic job bringing such a wide range of STEM players to one place both big and small. My experience was made even better after getting to know a local business owner Tim Grier who after the relevant speech on implementing STEM into the curriculum at all levels, introduced me to the room full of delegates and speakers, to which I seized the opportunity on the microphone and gave an introductory speech about myself and the challenges I have faced since graduating from university. This proved priceless as I have gained dozens of new contacts as a result. I would like to thank Alan and the RTC team for such a rewarding event and everyone who gave me the time to listen to what had to say, I look forward to the next event.

Alan added: “This is a fine example to highlight the importance of the work that Janine and her team deliver through the North East STEM HUB bringing industry and regional key talent of the next generation together. I am thrilled that Showcase Tees Valley was the perfect platform to connect and encourage collaboration making new connections to not only the workforce but also supply chains. We aim to continue to bridge the skill gap felt by many businesses in the region and hope to promote this through key events in the near future.”

As skills and future skills shortage is high on the agenda of many organisations it is essential that engagement with education through STEM is encouraged. Furthermore, it is important at the primary level and beyond that engineering skills and careers are fully understood by teaching staff and given the rightful recognition that they deserve.

I will be interested in following the progress of Curtis’s experiences and progress in seeking a suitable graduate engineering role ideally in the North East. We hear so often about there being a shortage of engineers and that we as a region want to educate and retain graduates in the North East. However, many leave to find employment out of the region or follow other career paths.”

STEMFEST NETZERO SELLS OUT

STEMFEST NETZERO SELLS OUT

STEMFEST NETZERO SELLS OUT

With two months still to go the North East’s biggest NetZero event, which welcomes over 3,000 pupils is fully booked.

STEMFEST NetZero which takes place over three days in July at St. James’ Park will be welcoming over 100 schools from across the region. The event will give school children the opportunity to explore a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sectors across a three-day event at the beginning of July at St. James’ Park.

Claire Willis Business Development Manager for the North East STEM Hub commented:

“I am delighted that the event is already sold out with eight weeks remaining. NetZero is high on the UK government’s agenda for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and we are keen to educate and inspire the next generation on the importance of protecting the climate whilst demonstrating the opportunities that will be available in careers.

“Face to face events is back and in direct response to the growing alternative energy sector in our region, the North East STEM Hub is thrilled to be delivering a face to face and virtual (hybrid) event around the theme of ‘Net Zero’ in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation.”

STEMFEST NetZero also welcomes 50 businesses in five zones; Power and Natural Resources Zone which is sponsored by Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Climate and Adaptation Zone sponsored by Jacobs, Building and Construction Zone sponsored by Balfour Beaty, Business and Industry Zone sponsored by Accenture and the transport zone. Caire adds:

“This ambitious event would not be possible without our sponsors so a huge thank you again to Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Jacobs, Accenture, and Balfour Beatty.”

Headline sponsored by Sage, a leader in the account, financial, HR, and payroll for small and mid-sized businesses, the face-to-face and digital hybrid event is being coordinated by the North East STEM Hub in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation’s innovative NU Futures programme.

For more information on STEMFEST NetZero visit: https://stemfest.org.uk/

Team Spotlight: Josh Minto

Team Spotlight: Josh Minto

Team Spotlight: Josh Minto

Meet Josh Minto, Education Relationship Manager, and find out what a typical day in his role in the North East STEM Hub looks like.

I left sixth form and went straight into a job with the Nissan Skills Foundation, where I spent almost 7 years delivering educational workshops to students at the Nissan site. As part of the skills foundation team, I delivered multiple sessions around the themes of engineering, manufacturing process, innovation and zero emissions technology, which included classroom sessions and factory and workshop tours. Initially, the plan was to go into teaching, but like many others in this sector, once you start to work within STEM, you catch the bug and it is now something that I am very passionate about because I believe the opportunities available to young people within STEM are really amazing!

What are the key responsibilities in your role?

As the Education Relationship Manager, I inform teachers of the offer that the North East STEM Hub provide for their schools. This includes the STEM Ambassador programme, CPD opportunities, STEM Clubs support and answering general queries from teachers. I produce a monthly newsletter that goes out to all North East teachers registered to the STEM Learning platform to inform them of opportunities in their area that they can get involved in. I also liaise with key network partners in our region, who are the Science Learning Partnerships and Computing Hubs to see where we can support each other, as well as sharing ideas of best practice.

Describe a typical day.

A typical day for me would include replying to emails from teachers and signposting them to opportunities of support to help get ambassadors into their school to enthuse and inspire their students. If their query requires more attention to detail, then I will meet with the teacher (normally virtually) to discuss details or inform them of the wider offer available. I will also send targeted promotions out to schools to inform them of opportunities, whether that is via direct email or through Adestra (our newsletter software).

What would you say are the most challenging aspects of your role?

One of the biggest challenges you can face is making sure the information you send out gets to the right person within the school for it to be actioned accordingly.


In some cases, it can be a real challenge to fill schools’ requests for ambassadors, especially in busy times of the year such as British Science Week or Space week as there is a large volume of activities advertised on the system.
Although slightly different from the other challenges, I would say it is a challenge to measure the impact of what we do. I would love to think I have been involved in organising an activity that inspired someone to pursue a career in STEM but due to GDPR, it is close to impossible to find that information.

What do you enjoy most, or what are you most proud of in your job?

In my first year with RTC, I have been lucky enough to meet some really interesting people and work on programmes and events that I am really passionate about. I enjoy the unique challenges that every day can bring and I am proud to work in the North East of England and to see the efforts from industry and schools in what has been a really challenging time for everyone.

What is one truth that would surprise your colleagues about you?

I play bowls, where I have 30 caps for England across a range of age groups from under 25’s to senior level.

SAGE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE SPONSORS OF STEMFEST

SAGE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE SPONSORS OF STEMFEST

SAGE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE SPONSORS OF STEMFEST

More than 3,000 North East schoolchildren are being given the opportunity to explore a future career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors across a three-day event at St. James’ Park.

STEMFest Net Zero is an interactive exhibition connecting nine to 13-year-olds with 50 of the region’s STEM companies committed to providing job opportunities now and in the future to support the next generation into the sector and to bolster the North East’s economy.

Sponsored by Sage, a leader in account, financial, HR and payroll for small and mid-sized businesses, the face-to-face and digital hybrid event is being coordinated by the North East STEM Hub in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation’s innovative NU Futures programme and the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

North East headquartered Sage recently announced a £1.8m skills investment, heralded as “transformational” by Simon Clark MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The tech leader expects the event will knock down barriers to ensure the region’s young people are given the tools and support they need to explore opportunities in science, technology and mathematics.

Claire Willis, Business Development Manager at the North East STEM Hub, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sage, Newcastle United Foundation and the North of Tyne Combined Authority on this major education exhibition for our region.

“There are so many North East companies working in this sector which our future workforce aren’t aware of. Through this event, we aim to enthuse and engage young people in STEM, highlight not only the companies, but also the various career paths open to these young people, right on their doorstep.”

STEMFest Net Zero will showcase STEM organisations from across the region, their response to climate changes and their plans to reach net zero by 2030.

The three-day exhibition between July 4 and July 6, 2022, will be held at St. James’ Park and is a flagship event for Newcastle United Foundation’s NU Futures programme.

Sarah Medcalf, Deputy Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “NU Futures is our Foundation’s commitment to providing career experiences for the next generation to explore life-changing opportunities available to them, here, in the North East.

“With significant support from the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Sage, we are thrilled to join the North East STEM Hub in hosting STEMFest and introducing young students to the North East’s thriving STEM sector.”

The Foundation recently announced Sage as its official Technology Partner as part of a multi-year agreement to transform and empower young people’s perspectives on their future from the charity’s new home – NUCASTLE, powered by Newcastle Building Society – opening later this month.

Paul Struthers, MD UKI, Sage, said: “We want to empower young people to discover a world of career opportunities and enable them to get first-hand experience of what a job in STEM could look like. We believe this will drive interest in more engineering and technology-based careers in the younger generation and help to bridge the region’s skills gap.

“The sponsorship of STEMFest and the partnership with Newcastle United Foundation is part of a wider investment programme Sage has committed to in the North East. The aim of which is to drive STEM growth, nurture regional talent and curb digital inequality in the region.”

STEMFest Net Zero will see five themed zones bringing concepts to life for young people across climate adaptation, business and industry, buildings and construction, transport, and power and natural resources.

To get involved with STEMFest Net Zero, or to join the School Primary Day waiting list, visit stemfest.org.uk or email stem@rtcnorth.co.uk