Pupils get chance to consider the options

Former Tomorrow's world presenter Maggie Philbin.
Former Tomorrow's world presenter Maggie Philbin.

CAREERS in science will be under the spotlight when an award-winning event comes to town.

Secondary school pupils will get an insight into the options available in the fields of science and techology and local firms are in demand to showcase their businesses.

Established by former Tomorrow’s World TV presenter Maggie Philbin, TeenTech Experience is an interactive event designed to dispel myths about science and technology careers being difficult, geeky or boring.

Already successful in eight other regions around the UK, TeenTech was awarded Best Event in Science and Engineering Week by the British Science Association and is being delivered in South Yorkshire by Business & Education South Yorkshire.

The privately funded event relies on the support of sponsors and local supporters which already include Pegler Yorkshire and Skanska. Business & Education South Yorkshire (b&e) is now seeking further sponsors and exhibitors for the event next month.

Phill Jackson, marketing and business development manager from Pegler Yorkshire, said the long-established company was keen to be involved.

“It is so important to us as a business that we can attract new talent for the future.

“Events like this help us to build relationships with schools and inspire young people about the wide range of career opportunities within engineering and technology businesses like ours,” he explained.

There are already 25 schools signed up to take part from across South Yorkshire including several from Doncaster.

The event is aimed at year 8 pupils who are at the important stage of choosing their subject options and places are still available for five more schools to get involved.

John Barber, business development manager for Business and Education South Yorkshire, said the event was a great chance for schools to work closely with local businesses and help pupils to consider career paths they may never have known existed.

“The aim is to change perceptions about the science and technology sector and give pupils a much better insight, whilst providing them with the opportunity of face-to-face contact with industry experts,” he added.

TeenTech takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday July 10 and is headed up by Maggie Philbin.

To find out more, contact John.barber@be-sy.co.uk or anna.sheard@be-sy.co.uk at b&e on 01709 336700 or visit www.be-sy.co.uk.