Schools and businesses came together for an engineering awareness conference courtesy of The Prince’s Charities.
Around 50 delegates represented primary schools, local engineering businesses and engineering support organisations at Burnley’s University Technical College to jointly consider the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, both for individuals’ personal growth and the UK economy.
Barbara Trencher, the Prince’s Charities place coordinator, said: “Delegates soon began to network, they listened attentively to presentations including from Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle who spoke about the importance of STEM skills within the local and national economy.
“Each table was asked to take part in an activity, similar to the activities that could be delivered to primary school children.
“It also demonstrated how STEM activities can complement the curriculum and develop the softer personal skills such as communication and team working.”
Dame Julia Cleverdon, DCVO, CBE, and vice president of Business in the Community, said that she believed relationships made at this event will develop and become embedded between the various organisations.