Educational outreach activities carried out by TWI Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassadors, The Welding Institute’s Younger Members’ Committee and staff volunteers build on local associations with schools and colleges, finding ways to link real industry challenges with science and engineering curriculum topics and in supporting post-16 choices at careers events attended by our apprentices and graduates.
From primary, secondary, further education, university and to postgraduate level, we have put into place structured learning activities and annual programmes. This includes fun, hands-on workshops delivered in schools or at local science fairs; work experience and technical mentoring via our partner-schools arrangements or through the Nuffield Foundation or the Arkwright Scholarships Trust; and undergraduate summer placements. The newly launched National Structural Integrity Research Centre at TWI for postgraduate education in an industrial environment will train over 500 students in a ten-year period.
TWI is represented on the steering committee of the educational enterprise Form the Future, and is regularly engaged with STEMNet and STEM Team East .
In 2016, the company hosted 28 educational industry tours to TWI headquarters and regional offices from schools, colleges and universities nationally and made a further 16 visits into schools.
In a typical year we will connect with over 9000 individuals.