Hartlepool school and company work together to engineer talents for the future

Marketing and CSR Manager at Omega Plastics, Megan Carr, with Head of Year 8, Alistair Morrison and Headteacher, Stephen Hammond, at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool
Marketing and CSR Manager at Omega Plastics, Megan Carr, with Head of Year 8, Alistair Morrison and Headteacher, Stephen Hammond, at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool

A school has joined forces with a leading plastics firm to educate the experts of the future.

Omega Plastics is hoping to give pupils at English Martyrs School in Hartlepool the chance to learn more about the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The two-year vocational programme will combine theoretical workshops with practical assignments and factory visits, to enable students to get a better understanding of the range of jobs available to them within the manufacturing sector while also providing them with work experience.

Marketing and CSR manager at Omega Plastics, Megan Carr, said: “The students of today are our potential workforce of tomorrow, but as it stands, not enough is being done to help equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in real working environments.

“We decided to devise our own education programme which would help to close the gap between education and business. By actively supporting English Martyrs School with the delivery of workshops and practical projects, we hope to not only help to promote STEM subjects, but also to introduce the students, female students in particular, to the engineering and manufacturing industries as a viable source of employment post-education.”

Alistair Morrison, head of Year 8, said: “We are aware of the key role companies like Omega can play in inspiring our young people to see the value of their education. Encouraging our students to make that vital link between working hard at school with the employment opportunities that this can bring in the local community is a key priority for us.”