Students at a school in North Tyneside are set to gain an insight into engineering through a real-life project.
Capita is inviting a group of pupils from George Stephenson High School in Killingworth to learn about the £4.7million North Bank of the Tyne Improvement Scheme.
The project, being delivered for North Tyneside Council by Capita, aims to reduce traffic congestion and delays on key transport corridors as well as a provide better transport access to future employment land. It involves improvements to seven junctions and is due for completion by autumn 2018. Capita’s relationship with George Stephenson High School has developed through the Engineering Education Scheme (EES).
The EES provides an annual opportunity for students, aged 16-17, to find out more about careers relating to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by working on an actual project for sixth months.
This will be the fifth year that Capita has worked with the school. Previous projects have ranged from delivering a major flood alleviation project to replacing a roundabout with a signalised junction.
A student that took part in the EES last year is currently working within Capita’s Network Management team one day each week to gain further experience.
Deputy Headteacher Peter Douthwaite said:
“George Stephenson High School has worked with Capita as an EES partner for a number of years.
“Working on real projects with the high level professional input and expertise from Capita has given our students an experience that has been both educational and inspirational.
“Many of our students have gone on to study STEM subjects further, including one undergraduate who is currently studying Engineering at Cambridge University.”