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Scotland’s Enterprising Schools: Supporting career education from 3 – 18

Are you looking for creative ways to develop children and young people’s learning about the world of work?

To inspire you have a look at our Interesting Practice area that highlights the many creative ways schools like Broxburn Academy are providing opportunities for young people around entrepreneurship and enterprise.

 Interesting practice exemplars from Fife Council

The Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge is a partnership between the Council and Raytheon UK. The programme brings STEM Ambassadors from Raytheon UK to deliver lessons in classrooms to second year pupils, on a variety of engineering topics, bringing contextualised learning to young people.  Another great example from Fife is The Enterprise Game. The game is a developmental tool helping pupils to learn about business.  Initially created as a board game, it allows young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to make, sell and deliver products to customers around the board.  It has been customised to incorporate the names of many major employers throughout Fife which helps players to increase their understanding not just of enterprise, but of the wider Fife economy.

You can also learn about the great opportunities offered to young people by Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council.   If you have interesting practice to share please contact us.

Looking for support?

If you would like support to embed enterprise within your school’s curriculum Scotland’s Enterprising Schools can help.  Have a look at our resource area for ideas or contact us to arrange for a member of our team to get in touch with you. You can also expand your knowledge around enterprise and get support to embed the Developing the Young Workforce strategy by attending one of the free twilight professional learning sessions we are delivering across Scotland.  You should hear about these opportunities from your Local Authority shortly.  The next sessions will be held as follows:

Fife Twilight Session (venues and times tbc):

  • 26th April 2017 – West Fife
  • 2nd May 2017 – Central Fife
  • 8th May 2017 – North East Fife

Aberdeen City Twilight Session (venue and time tbc):                         10th May 2017

Inverness All Day event (for senior leaders) at Smithton-Culloden Free Church   –  1st June 2017

If you would like more information about these sessions or opportunities in your area please contact us.

Scottish Engineer Special Leaders Award – Ashley Nicholson

small-ashley-nicholsonJoin us on Tuesday 6th December at 11am for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Ashley Nicholson. She is the Harbour Master Forth Inner at Forth ports Limited and looks after the navigation service call Forth & Tay Navigation and is responsible for the safe navigation of all vessels to and from the Ports of Grangemouth and the Oil and Gas Terminals of Hound Point and Breafoot. As part of her duties she is involved in civils projects throughout the river and spend large amounts of time managing engineering project from a marine perspective. The latest project is the construction of the Queensferry Crossing which she has been involved with from the very early stages. She was awarded the Scottish Engineering Incorporation of Hammerman award for my involvement in this project.

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Jon Reed

Small - John ReidJoin us for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Captain Jon Reed who currently the Adjutant of 2 Close Support Battalion, The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), based in Leuchars, Fife. In previous roles he has been responsible to Armoured Infantry Battlegroups for the maintenance and repair of all the vehicle and equipment, this ranged form pistols to main battle tanks and everything in between.

He has also lead soldiers responsible for all recovery elements of exercises from Afghanistan, Canada, Germany and the UK. Before joining the Army he left school at 16 and completed a modern apprenticeship in engineering design and production, this job saw him learn all basic engineering principles such as milling, turning, welding, CNC machining and production line techniques and then apply them to produce vehicle parts for heavy vehicle systems ranging from buses and lorries to earth moving and military equipment.

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Scottish Engineers Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell

small-niall-caldwellJoin us on Tuesday 22nd November at 11am for the opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell.

Niall Caldwell is the Managing Director of Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd., which is a company based in Loanhead (near Edinburgh). They develop fluid power technology, which combines mechanisms with computers and electronics.

These days Niall spends a lot of time on the business management of the company, but he still finds time to do some technical work. He builds and tests mathematical computer models to predict how our machines will work when installed, for instance in a wind turbine. Using these models he can design the control system and predict the behaviour in all the different situations which can happen (for instance start up, shut down, emergency stop) before they actually build the machine. He makes these models by combining his understanding of the physics and mathematics of the machines with the results of experiments, to make a model which is complex enough to be realistic – while being simple enough to give an answer quickly. But no matter how much he thinks it through, when the machine finally starts working…there are always surprises!

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award- Morgan McIntosh

small-morgan-mcintoshJoin us on Tuesday 15th November at 11am for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

Today’s engineer is Morgan McIntosh. She has just recently turned 20. She’s from a small town in Lanarkshire called Blackwood and she attended Holy Cross High School in Hamilton. When she was at school she was always interested in Maths and Science as well as Art and Design however was never really sure what career path she would like to follow. It was her Physics teacher who suggested she look into engineering. She looked into many different engineering fields and pursued a Mechanical Engineering HNC course at City of Glasgow College where she was part of the first all girl class in Scotland. This was part of an initiative by the college to get more women into engineering.

After a year at college she decided to apply to university to study Prosthetics and Orthotics which is a specialised department with Biomedical Engineering. She is currently within her first year of this course and enjoying it immensely. In the future she would like to be involved in further developing biomechanical limbs and making these more accessible and affordable to patients.

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Claudia Nordgren

small-claudia-nordgrenJoin us on Tuesday 8th November at 1.45pm for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Claudia Nordgren. Claudia studied Product Design Engineering in Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art. Now she works as a graduate design engineer and her job consists of taking projects from start to finish; by preparing documents, attending meetings, meeting with clients and testing products that will be manufactured amongst other things.

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – John Penman

Small - John PenmanJoin us on Tuesday 1st November at 1.45pm for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

We are delighted to welcome back John Penman, the Sales and Marketing Director for FiFe Fabrications, based in Fife. John started his career making coal cutters and served his apprenticeship as turner/Mechanical engineer. He then progressed his learning by going to college in the evening and gaining experience in various areas in engineering. He has learnt a lot about the sectors he sells into, these include test and measurement/Defence/oil and gas/Audio visual displays.

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Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017 is Open for Entries!

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award 2017 – join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition!

If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?

To answer the question “If you were an engineer in Scotland, what would you do?” your pupils will need to interview engineers about what it means to be an engineer, find a problem, invent a solution, draw it, explain it and send it in. Add a letter to Mechanical Engineering students at The University of Strathclyde explaining why their invention should be made and they may just choose to build it!

If your school would like to be part of this extraordinary event please contact info@leadersaward.com
for more information.

Watch what happened at the awards ceremony for SESLA 2016 – it was a great evening with some fantastic ideas!

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award vlog Part 8

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition!

If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?

What happens when things don’t go according to plan? What does an engineer do when things go wrong? Do they give up and walk away? Find out what the Strathclyde University team did when they encountered problems with making the Shopping Trolley for the Elderly…

Don’t forget, you can tweet the engineers with any questions you might have.

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Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Sarah Williams

Small - Sarah WilliamsJoin us on Tuesday 22nd March for an opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award.

This week’s engineer is Sarah Williams and she is currently in her final year at the University of Glasgow studying Biomedical Engineering. Her degree has covered many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering, biology, business management and mathematics, these classes have helped her to establish her strengths and weaknesses.

Her placements have also helped to expand her knowledge and experience within the field. She has had the opportunity to shadow an orthopaedic surgeon at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, observe clinical engineers at WestMARC in the Queen Elizabeth hospital, work alongside a rehabilitation service TRAC team at Udston hospital and carry out research at Nuclear Cardiology in Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary.

Her recent six-month research placement involved working within the Nuclear Cardiology department alongside clinicians and looking into the machine learning of SPECT imaging, specifically DaTSCAN imaging which involves acquiring images of the brain to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Using programming software and mathematical techniques, the images were loaded into the computer which could then detect whether the subject has Parkinson’s disease or not.

This research contributed to a large part of her fifth year at university and her final degree classification. She is now pursuing a career within the NHS as a clinical scientist to carry out further research and improve services for patients within rehabilitation and diagnosis.

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