Liskeard Mayor backs school engineering challenge
Liskeard Mayor Jane Pascoe is calling on local businesses to get involved in supporting the engineering and technology department at Liskeard School and Community College.
After her recent visit to the department Jane said: "Technology skills are really important to our young people and to many engineering and manufacturing businesses in this area, and the Town Council is very pleased that our local school is a specialist engineering college.
"What I didn't know until my visit was quite how good it is! While I was there I met one of the current Year 13 sixth form students who has secured an advanced engineering apprenticeship with Babcock to help him towards his goal of becoming a naval architect. He told me that the practical engineering designs he worked on at Liskeard, one of which he took with him to his interview, was the main reason he was one of only 3 young people chosen from a field of more than 600 applicants. The school's training workshop is well equipped, has good links with industry and, most importantly of all, is staffed with a team who are passionate about the skills they're teaching and ambitious to develop even further."
Jane is launching a challenge to local businesses to support three particular developments at the School:
• Sponsorship of £3,500 to put a team of students together every year to take part in a practical engineering contest like the 'Greenpower Formula 24/24+' go kart challenge.
• Practical visits and demonstrations, and maybe even short projects, with local companies for engineering students. Students say this is one of the most valuable aspects of their course and the school is keen to offer more local opportunities.
• There are several additional pieces of equipment that the school would love to have, for example a CNC machine so that students can develop their computer coding skills by making a real object. If anyone out there is upgrading your own equipment and has an older machine that's still in good working order that you might donate to the school, they'd love to hear about it.
Jane said: "What I'm asking is that our local technology companies rally round and support the next generation by offering your time, your equipment and, yes, some sponsorship money too. I'm delighted that Liskeard Chamber of Commerce has already committed to being the first sponsor. I'm sure we can rise to this challenge together and it would be a fantastic legacy of my year as Mayor if we could make Liskeard a centre of engineering and technology education that the whole town can be really proud of."