Careers event urges pupils to aim high

Prof Brian Cox and Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury with Wg Cdr Andy Green at the RAF Scampton event. Photo: Media Lincs. EMN-140918-171500001
Prof Brian Cox and Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury with Wg Cdr Andy Green at the RAF Scampton event. Photo: Media Lincs. EMN-140918-171500001

Kesteven and Sleaford High School pupils attended a special event to promote careers in engineering and science at the home of the Red Arrows.

Over 300 students from schools across Lincolnshire were treated to a display from the RAF’s aerobatic team and met guest speakers including Professor Brian Cox and Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury.

The show at RAF Scampton was organised to celebrate the Red Arrows’ 50th display season and to focus on the importance of studying science, technology, engineering and 
maths.

Hi-tech companies including Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Mercedes also attended the event 
designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Stargazing Live presenter Prof Cox said: “We need a million more people in engineering by the year 2020 just to stand still. What that means is there will be tremendous opportunities for pupils at school now to pursue careers in fields such as aerospace, science and engineering.

“There is a myth that as a country we are not as good as we use to be, but we are one of the best countries in the world when it comes to hi-tech engineering.”

Jason said: “The key to cracking success is finding something that you are happy to do, and is fulfilling.”

World land speed record holder Wg Cdr Andy Green added: “We are world class at so many things.

“The Mercedes Formula 1 car that is dominating this season is made in Britain by British engineers.”