Developing expertise in future generations

02 Nov 2017

We have deep expertise in the things that matter, and we recognise the importance of supporting the next generation to develop the skills they need.

Recent reports in the UK have highlighted a skills shortage in STEM sectors leading to an increasing emphasis on inspiring young people study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The RPS team in Belfast has been supporting this by showcasing their current engineering projects, along with immersive technologies at the Skills Northern Ireland event.

“We know that younger generations have no inhibitions when it comes to trying something new especially the latest technology. This makes virtual reality an ideal approach to engage young students with the engineering world and promote it as a viable and appealing vocation.” Mark Maguire, RPS 3D Visual Designer

The event in October 2017 saw almost 8,000 14-19 year-olds, teachers and parents visit the Titanic Exhibition Centre for an interactive look at careers ranging from Engineering, Medical, Manufacturing, and Farming, to the Media and Military.

To further support the next generation of leading minds, RPS Belfast has worked closely with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to offer several Work + places across our Maritime, Water Infrastructure, Waste and Geotechnical Engineering sectors.

One of RPS’ Work+ students, Chris O'Donoghue, enjoys the flexibility of the scheme allowing him to balance study with gaining the work experience that helps give an edge in the tough recruitment market. "The ICE Work+ scheme has given me the opportunity to gain specific knowledge within the engineering sector” says Chris “I'm able to gain experience while continuing to study for industry recognised qualifications at college. I have also been able to experience working within an office environment from an early stage of my career, which will be hugely beneficial as I aim to develop within the engineering industry."

"The Work+ scheme has allowed me to pass on my knowledge and experiences in order to help develop the engineers of the future, both professionally and personally. Not only has the scheme benefited the apprentice, but it has allowed me to further my own experiences in management and leadership within the industry." RPS mentor Jonathon Mcllwaine

Whether the students choose to go to university or embark on an apprenticeship scheme often followed by a university degree, helping them choose the right career is the first step to determining what further learning they need to get there.

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