Jackson Civil Engineering and MLM Consulting Engineers organised an engineering challenge for Year 12 and 13 students from Suffolk One, Northgate High School, Stowmarket High School and St Albans. The competition takes place with the aim to encourage 6th form students to pursue a career in engineering and to raise awareness of some of the professional and technical careers in construction, such as civil and structural engineering.
The teams with assistance from Jackson Civil Engineering and MLM Consulting Engineers were given a real life scenarios to consider that included finding solutions for bridge resurfacing, repairs and flood defences. The team had to present their solutions to the real life scenarios to a panel of judges.
Steve Balliston from Jackson Civil Engineering, said, “We have been supporting this competition for 12 years and we are delighted to be involved. It is essential that we support young people and try and inspire the next generation of civil and structural engineers, and in the past, youngsters who have taken part in this event have ended up working for us.”
Steve Cox, a Director at MLM said "It's great to be associated with this event as it is a way of enabling young people to understand what engineering is really all about and helps to highlight the opportunities available to them in this industry".
Simon Lacquiere from SuffolkOne, added, “We were delighted to host this event. It is important that young people are aware of the variety of careers that are available if you study engineering or construction and that was the overarching message of this all day competition.”
The team from Northgate High School were crowned the winners. Ben Ruddell, Technology Teacher from Northgate High School said, “From my perspective this was a very productive day. Our students worked incredibly hard and spoke with a great deal of passion during their presentation. I’m over the moon for them.”