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TechBay event inspires over 350 students

28th November 2017

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TechBay event inspires over 350 students

Pupils from local schools engaged in practical activities while recognising the opportunities available in the engineering and manufacturing sectors in Torbay.

TechBay: Engineering Your Future is delivered by TDA in partnership with South Devon College as part of the MADE project, which brings Torbay secondary schools and local engineering businesses closer together.

The event inspires, motivates and excites young people to become the next generation of scientists, engineers and hi tech developers. TechBay activities help inform students about the engineering sector, a sector which is growing in Torbay with a number of multinational companies.

Torbay’s Elected Mayor and Chairman of South Devon Manufacturing Forum, Gordon Oliver, said: “The project is raising the profile of careers within the engineering and manufacturing sectors and the opportunities available locally, both now and for the future. By informing young people of the sectors which are growing in Torbay we can help raise skill levels, create opportunities and maintain quality full time jobs in Torbay.

“I would like to congratulate the schools who are participating in the programme and thank the local businesses in helping deliver the stimulating and engaging activities.”

The MADE project encourages businesses and educators to work collaboratively and develop activities which challenge and stimulate. This ensures young people are sufficiently equipped with the necessary skills required to be employed within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Almost a quarter of the pupils at the event were female. Making more girls aware of the opportunities available to them is a key aspect of the project.

Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA, said: “It was fantastic to see over 350 pupils attend the event from 12 schools and colleges across Torbay and South Devon. The activities at TechBay were delivered in an interactive way to maximise engagement, whilst providing attendees with a dedicated forum to learn more about the engineering and manufacturing sectors. The excellent partnership between schools and businesses is vital to the future of these sectors.”

If you are a business interested in supporting the MADE Pilot project by offering mentoring or work experience please email Debbie Passmore on or call 01803 208378

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