Year of Engineering
The ‘Year of Engineering’ is a government campaign which aims to celebrate the world of engineering.
The rail industry is committed to helping develop its future talent and its long term plan pledges to create 20,000 new apprentices by 2020. A key part of this is encouraging young people to take up STEM subjects, through support of the Year of Engineering.
So far, the rail industry has supported the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, which was an event for young scientists and engineers, as well as the STEM challenge.
The first part of the summer's events is the launch of an activity book aimed at young children. It features a variety of puzzles and questions to help teach kids about how the rail network operates, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers.
The number of children travelling by rail peaks during the summer holidays, with around 11 million journeys made every year. The activity book will be handed out at some of the busiest stations around the country before children head on their journeys, including Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh.
The book has been jointly funded through an industry partnership, led by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), of Network Rail, Hitachi, Great Western Railway, National Training Academy for Rail, GB Railfreight, Young Rail Professionals, Freightliner, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, Rail Delivery Group and Eurostar.
The final challenge in the book is for kids to have a go at designing a train. Children can submit their designs into a competition to win a family trip on the Eurostar to Paris, Disneyland or Brussels.