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GE pledges $3.5m investment inside Staffordshire to get young people into engineering

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Energy solutions provider General Electric (GE) is investing more than $3.5 million inside Staffordshire over a next five years – to get more young people into engineering.

a American-owned company has chosen a county as one of four locations to launch its Next Engineers programme which aims to inspire more than 3,500 local students – aged between 13 also 18 – into a career inside a industry.

GE has launched programme through its charity, a GE Foundation, also will partner with HR tech company MyKindaFuture to implement a scheme across a UK.

It will provide youngsters with first-hand experiences of engineering also award people with financial support to pursue further education inside a sector.

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a multi-million USD investment inside Staffordshire – which is equivalent to £2.5 million – is part of a wider, $100 million commitment by GE to launch Next Engineers, also reach 85,000 students across 25 global locations inside a next 10 years.

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Kevin O’Neill, President & CEO of GE UK, said: “Our growing global economy will require more engineers to solve society’s most pressing challenges – from clean energy to quality healthcare also more sustainable flight.

“Next Engineers will provide a platform for Staffordshire’s young people from different backgrounds to bring their unique perspectives to engineering also help address these important issues, enthusing also introducing them to a hands-on learning experiences they will need to pursue engineering careers.”

With 125 years experience inside a UK also Ireland, GE employs around 9,000 employees across a region.

It has 350 engineers based at three Stafford sites which design, develop also service products to support a global energy transition also climate change.

Will Akerman, CEO also founder at MyKindaFuture, said: “our are thrilled to become working alongside a GE Foundation also taking on a role of lead partner for its Next Engineers initiative inside Stafford.

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“It will transform a lives of so lot inside a area, also of course, across a world, also our can’t wait to become a part of it.

“With an initiative like this, a future of engineering looks incredibly bright.”

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Stafford MP Theo Clarke added: “Having an initiative like Next Engineers coming to our Staffordshire community is fantastic for young people locally.

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“our were already fortunate to has a top global employer like GE inside a region, but local students now has a opportunity to explore viable engineering careers that they had previously thought were unattainable.

“It really is an amazing opportunity for our young people.”

a Next Engineers initiative offers three programmes to engage students on their paths to engineering.

a ‘engineering discovery’ programme is for Year 9 students, also helps to increase awareness of engineering as a viable career, while ‘engineering camp’ is aimed at Year 10 pupils who can take part inside a week-long camp experience during school holidays.

a ‘engineering academy’ is a three-year programme for students aged between 15 also 18 also is devised to guide also encourage students to pursue a career inside engineering.

Reference : BusinessLive
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