6th Dec, 2016

Thousands of city youngsters to receive STEM boost as Transport Museum confirm partnership

Shaun Reynolds 10th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A NEW partnership between Coventry Transport Museum and a leading automotive supplier will result in thousands of city youngsters receiving a STEM boost.

Brose UK, which manufactures window regulators and seat structures for international car makers, has agreed to sponsor a new Learning Officer to work at the museum in a bid to engage with secondary school students.

The STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – deal will see 800 12 to 16 year-olds take part in a host of educational activities every year.

Activities will range from working on land speed record projects and recycling materials to make new machines.

The partnership is part of Brose UK’s approach to developing the next generation of engineers and to help the company hire more than 100 new staff over the next twelve months.

Currently, the Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise, fall and ongoing rebirth of its biggest industry.

Following a £9.5million redevelopment programme, the museum is now full open – and Juergen Zahl, managing director of Brose UK said he is very passionate about investing in skills.

He added: “We want to get more young people interested in following a career in the automotive industry.

“Coventry was the centre of the automotive world for many years and we are slowly enjoying a renaissance.

“This sponsorship is just the start, we are actively looking to get involved in activities and ensure our engineers and other employees use their skills to make a difference.”

A series of pilot sessions which will be delivered to primary and secondary school pupils are currently being finalised by new Brose Learning Officer Mel Ballam.

Initial projects include learning about the design of the thrust car used in the land speed record through the creation of a balloon and soda powder car.

Francis Ranford, director of learning and engagement at Coventry Transport Museum, said: “We are delighted to have one of the city’s fastest growing manufacturers on board.

“Without their sponsorship we wouldn’t have been able to employ a dedicated learning officer.

“We now believe we can make a real impact in spreading the STEM message, especially to secondary school pupils.”

Visit www.transport-museum.com for further information about the museum’s facilities.