We recently opened our doors to local school children with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Along with GGP Consult, the company welcomed pupils from St Thomas More School, allowing the pupils to meet staff who work within structural, electrical, mechanical, and process engineering, learning about their different jobs and the career path that took them there.

The children then took part in their own engineering challenge, which included building a structurally sound bridge out of straws that would hold the weight of a brick and designing a pump process to transport water from one bottle to another.

Rose James, Partnership Manager of the Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, said: “The aim of today was to introduce children of primary school age to the world of engineering.”

“Many of the children we work with don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, but too often they have very limited knowledge about the vast amount of careers available to them.”   

The Hull Children’s University work with businesses around Hull and the East Riding to show children the world of work, raising aspirations and helping children reach their full potential.

“The children had a fantastic day and learnt a lot,” Rose added. “One child said that this experience helped him decide that he definitely wanted to go into engineering. We also had a positive response from the girls, a number of whom saying they were interested in the sector.”

“I would like to thank both GGP and OSL for their staff’s time and efforts in conducting the visit. They were all brilliant with the children and they have made a real difference.”

Alastair Robertson, Director of OSL Consulting, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils along, give them an insight into what we do whilst supporting the great work of the Hull Children’s University. With the UK currently suffering a shortfall in engineers, it’s vital that we give something back and try to encourage the next generation.”

“We’re delighted to hear that the children got so much out of the day and I hope we’ve opened their eyes to the possibilities of a career in engineering.”