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Gooch & Housego opens its doors to Torbay’s engineers of the future

15th April 2015

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Handpicked students were invited into Gooch & Housego’s headquarters in Torquay and given a glimpse of what their future could look like.

Year 12 and 13 students with an interest in manufacturing or engineering were given a tour of the site to see fibre optic technology in action, followed by an opportunity to speak to apprentices and graduates about their experiences.

Gooch & Housego is a multinational company that designs, manufactures and supplies fibre optic technology across the world. General Manager, Graham Catley, hosted the students for the morning.

The event was the result of ongoing partnership activity by the Torbay Hi Tech Forum Educational Sub Group. Facilitated by the TDA, the group with its mix of industry professionals and schools meet regularly to work together to strengthen the relationship between what students are taught and how this is applied in the real world.

Deborah Passmore, Partnership Executive at TDA said: “With much of students’ learning taking place in the classroom, a visit to a local company with a tour around the site can be a great way of inspiring young people and encouraging them to consider a career within Torbay. There are opportunities within the manufacturing and hi tech industries locally for apprentices or graduates and we’re keen to showcase these to students in our schools.”

Torbay and South Devon is nationally recognised by industry as one of the top locations for electronics and photonics expertise in the country, and has a strong and growing cluster.

Martin Foulger, Chair of Torbay Hi Tech Forum, said: “Torbay has a thriving hi tech sector, being home to several national and international businesses serving a wide-range of technologies and customers.

“The Forum supports promotion and awareness of the tech sector to schools, encouraging engagement with students to ensure future availability of local talent within the Bay. The Forum’s education sub-group is doing a great job leading this key activity.”

Any companies that would like to support young people throughout Torbay into employment, please contact Deborah on 01803 208378 or visit for more information.

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