On Thursday last week, Rose Rees, Sam Davis, Tony Fearon and Greg Palmer from the Midland Metro Alliance spent an evening promoting the alliance at Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA).
AUEA’s annual open evening attracted over 2,000 visitors and the alliance team was there to support the academy to encourage young people to consider different options within the engineering sector, with our graduates able to share their ‘first hand’ experience with prospective students and their parents.
The Tram Simulator on the alliance stand was a big hit, providing the perfect platform to show attendees all the aspects of engineering and design that have gone into building the tram system in Birmingham and the Black Country. The virtual reality programme tests tram driving skills and everyone was amazed at the route detail with other exhibitors even queuing to have a go at the end of the evening.
Rose Rees, Alliance Training and Development Manager, said: “As one of our key aims is to support local colleges and local communities, this AUEA annual open evening provided the perfect opportunity to promote the MMA and the Metro.”
David Chapman, AUEA Vice Principal, said: “Year-on-year the event has grown and we estimate that between 2,000 and 2,500 people visited AUEA during the event. AUEA is very different to other Secondary Schools and most of that is down to how we, as a University Technical College, link up with industry. You and your colleagues at the Midland Metro Alliance play a vital role in the development of our students to become the next generation of engineers and scientists and for that we are most grateful.”
Alongside the alliance, other local and national engineering companies – including HS2, Rolls Royce, the Armed Forces and Jaguar Land Rover – showcased their innovation with interactive displays, all with the common goal to promote the varied and exciting career opportunities in the engineering sector.