18 NOV 2015

Design and engineering firm attends Williamwood High School STEM Fair

Supporting the design and construction industry’s young talent

Multidisciplinary design and engineering company, BakerHicks (formerly Morgan Sindall Professional Services) attended Williamwood High School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fair in early October with Morgan Sindall.

The sister businesses provided a stall to showcase the wide variety of career opportunities available in the construction industry, and offered insight into the day-to-day workings of an engineer and quantity surveyor to the future generation of engineers, mathematicians, designers and scientists.   

Highlights of the day included: a building challenge where students attempted to support a balloon with jelly beans and spaghetti; a mathematics task where the cost of a house was calculated; and presenting 3D models and drawings of local Eastwood Health and Care Centre to demonstrate the role of design.

In addition to encouraging students into the design and construction professions, the event helped to further exceed Morgan Sindall’s community benefit targets for the Eastwood Heath Care Centre, a project where BakerHicks provided civil and structural design services and Morgan Sindall was the main contractor.

David Sudding, Physics and Science teacher at Williamwood High School, says these events do not just happen: 

“They are created through hard work, dedication and the ambition to inspire the next generation.
"The feedback from future pupils, current pupils, guests from other primary and secondary schools and parents has all been extremely positive,” David continues. “We are very grateful to [MSPS] and Morgan Sindall for helping to make the event, where we believe there were approximately a thousand people in attendance, a success."

Caroline MacVey, Senior Civil & Structural Engineer at BakerHicks, says it is so important to support and nurture a future pipeline of talent into the industry:

“At our company, we have a team of eight STEM ambassadors and in the wider Morgan Sindall group we have more than 100 education ‘Ambassadors’ from graduate recruit to director level. By engaging with young people we can demonstrate engineering’s not all about number-crunching, and successful project delivery requires significant creative, organisational and people skills."
“Rather than complaining about the difficulty of finding good engineers, we’re thinking for the long term, making positive and proactive steps to attract the best and the brightest.”