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Hands-on projects that boost take-up of Stem

A scheme that links Year 12 students with local companies to work on real engineering projects is proving a catalyst for further study in Stem subjects, finds Kirstie Brewer

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Growing up, I was always good at science, but I didn’t want to be a scientist. I wanted to do something a bit more ‘real world’ in business and economics,” explains Nicola Grahamslaw, an engineer who is about to join the team of the historic SS Great Britain.

“None of my family or acquaintances were in engineering – or any other Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) job – so it was never something I’d considered.”

That changed after she joined the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) – a six-month programme that links teams of six Year 12s with local companies to work on real ...

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