STEM-ming enthusiasm for our future engineers

The Southsea Coastal Scheme was beamed live into classrooms across Hampshire today as our team joined a virtual STEM event to inspire secondary school students to take up careers in coastal engineering. Team members volunteered their time to participate in virtual panel discussions in the Get Inspired Portsmouth event – an inspiring careers fair for young people aged 11-16. Students were given the opportunity to identify and explore the exciting career opportunities available in their local area, as well as getting to quiz the team about the realities of working in their field. Our team also took part in a virtual Primary Schools’ STEM Fair which was very well received by the students and organiser, EBP South who praised their work: “…Your language, presentation, etc was pitched perfectly, well done to both of you.”. Project Manager for Marine Works, Tim Milner said: “I enjoyed sharing my work experiences with the class, and found the teacher and the class to be very enthusiastic. “The questions were well thought out and included one about how technology had changed over the years, which gave me the opportunity to discuss the use of drones and new software with the class. “Despite being a virtual event, it was a great opportunity to engage with our future workforce.” Team members represented the Southsea Coastal Scheme’s contractor VSBW (a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster) and Coastal Partners who are delivering the project.