First steps towards an engineering career

Local schools visited Culford for an Engineering Experience event''Pictured: Designing speakers for an iPod.Cameron Clarke from Thurrston Upper School
Local schools visited Culford for an Engineering Experience event''Pictured: Designing speakers for an iPod.Cameron Clarke from Thurrston Upper School
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Budding engineers from all the Bury St Edmunds area’s upper schools had the chance to see what an engineering career involves at a three day course at Culford Schol this week.

Organised by William and Ellen Vinten Trust and backed by several local companies, the youngsters worked with engineering ambassadors from Jaguar Land Rover and defence contractor Thale.

Local schools visited Culford for an Engineering Experience event''Pictured: They also did some work with Jaguar/Landrover. Dani Bonnelykke (Thurston) and Martin Sharples (Culford)

Local schools visited Culford for an Engineering Experience event''Pictured: They also did some work with Jaguar/Landrover. Dani Bonnelykke (Thurston) and Martin Sharples (Culford)

They had to present their projects to quests at a formal dinner on the second evening.

The trust’s David Youngman said: “The understanding of professional engineering is low within society, which often means that students do not even consider it as a possible career choice. Even though engineering is the third highest paid profession, after doctors and lawyers, the knowledge of what engineers do is very poor or misunderstood.”