Plant & Works Engineering
SolutionsPT supports International Women in Engineering Day by working with Primary Engineer
Published:  27 June, 2022

AVEVA Select Partner for the UK & Ireland SolutionsPT is supporting primary schools in the Manchester area in a bid to increase awareness of engineering among school teachers and their pupils.

The support, announced on International Women in Engineering Day 2022 (June 23rd) demonstrates further the company’s commitment to the engineering sector in a month where it was recognised by ‘Best Companies to Work For’ for a 12th consecutive year.

The programme organised by Primary Engineer, introduces engineering into a classroom that would otherwise not cover an engineering subject. It trains school teachers to engage with pupils about science and design. The aim - to encourage whole of class engagement on an inclusive project which encourages boys and girls to work together in the practical application of maths and science. Pupils engage in design technology projects which encourage development of essential skills such as creativity, problem solving and teamwork.

Primary Engineer has been working with teachers and pupils across the country since 2005 to develop skills and inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The projects provide opportunities for SolutionsPT engineering and technology professionals to support the projects in the classroom with pupils, providing a real-world context to their learning. The culmination of these efforts is a celebration of the childrens’ creations at which engineers from SolutionsPT meet the pupils and act as judges to decide on winning teams and present them with their awards.

Sue Roche, general manager at SolutionsPT said: “We love this idea where boys and girls get to simulate a natural workplace by working together as a team to create a tangible output. Then, operating as a team, they can enjoy showcasing the creations at a special event. It’s imperative that we focus not only on encouraging girls into engineering, but also to demonstrate to boys that girls can take pride of place on an engineering team and are just as clever when it comes to engineering”.

Dr. Susan Scurlock, founder of Primary Engineer added: “Over the years Primary Engineer has worked with leading organisations to help teachers and pupils understand more about engineering and the exciting opportunities within. We work with teachers so they can deliver our projects whole-class to provide opportunities for all pupils to meet and work with engineering professionals and to identify themselves with engineering regardless of their gender, ethnicity or background. We have seen throughout the programme that the interest in engineering from girls and boys is the same, only years later does a gender gap begin to show. Working with girls at this age allows us to address the stereotypes and allows boys and girls to understand that engineering is a job for boys and girls alike and will encourage them to consider joining the future engineering workforce. I am pleased that organisations that lead the way in the employee engagement, like SolutionsPT, see the impact that they can have at a very early age when it comes to encouraging children to consider a career in engineering”.

SolutionsPT is a leading industrial IT solutions partner, which helps enterprises to successfully harness digital technology to achieve excellence in engineering, operations and asset management. It does this through the identification and deployment of a world-class hardware, software and managed services portfolio including UK & Ireland distribution of AVEVA products and bespoke consultancy, technical support and training capabilities. The company places great emphasis on the people and skills.