In order to encourage interest in technology and engineering as a career, many of our businesses work closely with local schools and colleges to promote science to young people. HBM participates in the German ‘Girls Day’ (Mädchen-Zukunftstag) project. This annual event sees engineering companies, universities and research organisations open their doors to female school students, in order to provide an insight into science and technology professions. The open days help girls to make well-informed decisions about their future and encourage them to choose careers in science and technology. In 2014, around 30 pupils aged between 11 and 15 spent the day gaining an insight into science and engineering at HBM’s Darmstadt facility.
PANalytical participates in ‘Dutch Technology Week’, a project aimed at promoting technology and technical education to school children. PANalytical joins other high-tech companies in the region participating in numerous events held throughout the week. The children are given a tour of the X-Ray tube manufacturing factory in Eindhoven and an assignment to perform, to help them discover that technology is fun. The main event in 2014 was the High-Tech Experience where Dutch astronaut André Kuipers made a lively presentation to the young visitors.
Every November, BTG opens its doors to young people for ‘National Future Day’. This event sees youngsters spending a day at work with their parents to experience the world of work. Girls are encouraged to join their fathers and boys to join their mothers and spend the day with them in the workplace, with the aim of encouraging school children to consider professions regardless of background and gender.
At Omega Engineering’s Stamford, USA, site, the company has created a Machinist Apprentice programme in order to encourage students to develop technical capabilities in machining, tool making and related fields. This programme is a combination of classes at a local technical college, online courses and on the job training. Currently, four employees are participating in the machinist programme.