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ENGINEERING stars of the future were given a taste of a career in the field by a town company.

Hartlepool firm C&A Pumps and Engineering took part in an event organised by Dyke House Sports and Technology College, which aims to promote science-related industries as a viable career option for pupils.

The theme of this year’s programme was offshore wind and around 100 Year 10 pupils were given the chance to simulate a project from the organising of a team, through the planning and development, and then on to the final construction of the turbine structure.

Alan Roberts, owner of C&A Pumps and Engineering, was at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event.

He said: “We need to feed the future of engineering as the UK has an ageing workforce within the industry so it’s vital we support young people and show them there are careers out there for them.

“Engineering isn’t just about building. There are all sorts of opportunities to be had and it’s our job to raise awareness of them. I’ve done quite a bit with Dyke House School in the past so I was delighted when they invited me along to support this fantastic event. It’s great to see some of the ideas the pupils have. There could very well be some engineering stars of the future here.”

During the two day programme, which was also supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool College, Heerema, XIVVI and EDF Energy, pupils got to experience all aspects of developing a business proposal, from the financial planning and marketing and PR to building model wind turbines and translating emails sent from mock German companies.

Tina Davison, maths teacher and STEM co-ordinator at Dyke House, said: “We wanted to give the pupils real-life experience of what is involved in an offshore wind project and I think they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Hopefully it’ll encourage some of them to look seriously at a career in engineering.”