ENGINEERS in the making attended Babcock International Group's facility at Rosyth Dockyard for a two day festival. 

More than 300 primary school children attended the Festival of Engineering to help them explore the kinds of skills they will need for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Showcasing past innovations to modern-day developments, the event's theme 'Celebrating Scottish Engineering Excellence’, encouraged its young guests to explore the hi-tech world of engineering, robotics, advanced manufacturing and virtual reality.

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Paul Armstrong, Babcock’s Marine CEO, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many young people to explore the wonders of engineering at our Rosyth site.

“Babcock’s work is critical to UK defence and beyond, so it is important that we have the right people, with the right skills, enthused and interested in pursuing STEM-based careers.

"Programmes like the Festival of Engineering, our apprenticeships and production support operative scheme all underpin our commitment to the future and our strategy of promoting the career paths we offer in Babcock.

“The feedback from the children and teachers who attended was fantastic and we look forward to continuing our STEM engagement activities this year.”

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With the company’s recent announcement that it is recruiting 400 new apprentices over the next four years, the importance of nurturing future talent to support the engineering sector was on show at the festival, giving the young people an insight into the things that engineers with the defence company, its partners and wider organisations do, and the kind of skills required to work in the profession.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is an important part of Babcock’s UK-wide focus on STEM engagement activity and was supported by organisations including the Royal Navy, Scottish Engineering and Fife College.