Growth in engineering education in Glasgow schools recognised by Minister for Trade

A STEM event held at City of Glasgow College has recognised Allied Vehicles for the impact they have had on engineering education across Glasgow.

Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, presented Gerry Facenna, Chair of Glasgow-based Allied Vehicles, with a Primary Engineer Special Recognition Award.  The Group has funded engineering projects for thousands of primary school pupils, and training for hundreds of teachers, across the city.

Dr. Susan Scurlock MBE, Chief Executive and Founder of Primary Engineer, said:

“Our vision to provide high quality engineering education at an early stage in school requires partnerships and we are indebted to our Glasgow funders and partners, Allied Vehicles, City of Glasgow College and DYW Glasgow for their support.”

Gerry Facenna and Allied Vehicles’ philanthropy in Glasgow is well-documented. He explained why he continues to support Primary Engineer:

“Allied Vehicles’ success has been in large part due to great quality engineering to develop our wheelchair accessible vehicles. We encourage apprentices and graduates through our engineering programmes and enjoy watching them thrive and grow. Primary Engineer is a vital programme for inspiring future engineers from an early age, which is why we have continued to support them for five years.”

City of Glasgow College supports Primary Engineer by hosting teacher training and providing tours of its Nautical and STEM faculty to help develop educators’ understanding of studying engineering at college. The college was awarded a Proud Partner certificate for its on-going support of Primary Engineer programmes across Glasgow.

Roy Gardner, Vice Principal for Corporate Development and Innovation, was delighted to receive the certificate on behalf of City of Glasgow College. He said:

“Our partnership with Primary Engineer represents a core aspect of our STEM engagement and outreach activity. I am impressed by their excellent work in raising awareness of STEM careers and in supporting teachers to embrace STEM activities in the classroom. At City of Glasgow College we have shown just how important investment in STEM education is and the real benefits that can bring to both Scotland’s young workforce and the future economy.”

Teachers from Ivan McKee’s constituency were among those starting the Primary Engineer programmes for the first time at the event which took place at the college’s Riverside campus. Mr McKee MSP said:

“I’m delighted to be here to support Primary Engineer’s work to encourage young engineers of the future and meet their valued partners in Glasgow.”

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK and a profession in which young people can make their mark on the world, but a shortfall of 200,000 qualified engineers every year is damaging growth. 

Further funding from Developing Young Workforce Glasgow, which creates initiatives to help develop skilled, talented and work ready young people to grow the city, will enable the Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer programmes to reach more pupils by targeting 100% of schools receiving engineering training and projects in Glasgow over the next few years. Alison McRae, Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Training teachers to help address the STEM challenges facing our future workforce and by helping teachers acquire the most relevant skills they can pass their knowledge on to young people year after year. Our Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow team is committed to helping align industry and education; informing and training teachers is a key part of that. We are delighted to be working with industry partners Allied Vehicles and education partners City of Glasgow College to develop the workforce of the future.” 

Primary Engineer promotes engineering skills and careers and its vision is that targeted interventions need to happen sooner rather than later to encourage young people from all backgrounds to consider routes into and careers within engineering.

To find out how you can engage with Primary Engineer please visit their website.