Sevcon helps students get in gear

Sevcon's president and chief executive Matt Boyle was the driving force behind an event to encourage students into engineering careers

Dame Allan's student Nanxi Wang with Sevcon's Matt Boyle and software engineer Danielle Walsh
Dame Allan's student Nanxi Wang with Sevcon's Matt Boyle and software engineer Danielle Walsh

Sevcon's president and chief executive Matt Boyle was the driving force behind an event to encourage students into engineering careers.

Boyle brought along an electric bike and car, the Renault Twizy, to Dame Allan’s Schools’ higher education and careers convention this week, where he encouraged the students to follow a career in engineering, using the electric vehicles to illustrate the importance of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

He was joined at the event by Danielle Walsh, a software engineering student at Northumbria University, who is on a placement at Sevcon.

The programme for the evening gave more than 600 pupils the opportunity to hear 42 presentations from speakers from industry and universities and representatives of 49 organisations from the BBC to Procter and Gamble were on hand to answer questions about routes into career paths.

Principal Dr John Hind said: “This is the climax of an inspiring careers programme which the careers team work tremendously hard to put together, using their experience and impressive contacts.”

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