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Encouraging Future Talent | Walker Filtration Supports the Next Generation of Female Engineers

PUBLISHED Monday, July 17 2017

This year, Walker Filtration has once again taken part in the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES), working alongside the Engineering Development Trust and Newcastle High School for Girls to provide AS Level students with experience of real engineering projects.

EES is designed to encourage and support students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The scheme has proven successful thus far, with 89% of students going on to study STEM subjects at degree level.

The students from Newcastle High School for Girls took part in a six-month long project, working alongside engineers from Walker Filtration to investigate unconventional methods of bonding filter cartridges to injection moulded end caps. The students developed problem solving skills and gained experience of working on live engineering and manufacturing projects.

Ryan Defty, a Design Engineer at Walker Filtration, commented ‘Working with EES to encourage young people to study STEM subjects provides an excellent opportunity for students to consider a future within engineering. We hope we have given the students a valuable insight into how exciting and rewarding a career in this industry can be.’

Mr Andrew Morton, a Physics teacher from Newcastle High School for Girls who co-ordinated the project said, ‘We have for a number of years had a lot of interest from students who would like to pursue STEM careers such as Engineering and Physics, and this has been steadily growing. The EES is an excellent scheme and we have been lucky to have had the support of Walker Filtration for a number of years. This strong provision has led to students gaining experience and knowledge of the world of Engineering and helped enormously in increasing the number of young women advancing into science-based careers.’

Walker Filtration are delighted with the success of the project and our engineers have been impressed with the high standard of the work the students produced. We are looking forward to taking part in the project again next year and continuing to encourage the next generation of talented individuals to study STEM subjects.