November 3 2017

Speaking to BBC Wiltshire about the Engineering Festival

Michelle Donelan MP speaking to Marie Lennon from BBC Radio Wiltshire this morning about the Engineering Festival.

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October 31 2017

Engineering Festival Friday 3rd November 2017

Are you excited? I know I am! Only a few days to go until the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering proudly supported by James Dyson Foundation this Friday the 3rd of November at the Trowbridge Civic Centre. Learn more by visiting www.festivalofengineering.com, I am organizing this event in conjunction with Dr Andrew Murrison MP.

Schools are booked in to attend and then it will be open to the public from 4-5pm. Please do come and check out the interactive and innovative stands including Airbus, Siemens, EDF, Dalehead Foods and much much more!

I created the Festival as a response to the severe skills gap in Wiltshire in engineering, design and technology related roles. A problem I have often coined ‘the ticking time bomb’ to our local and national economy. Wiltshire is a hub of these sectors and the Festival seeks to shine a light on it as well as encourage other potential firms to locate in the county. However we can only achieve this if we all work together to plug the skills gap.

The festival seeks to inspire and engage young minds to make some progress towards tackling this problem. With this in mind each stand is interactive and different, highlighting the array of amazing and varied companies that we have on our own doorstep.

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October 26 2017

Minister of State for Education to attend Festival of Engineering

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education, will attend the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering 2017 supported by the James Dyson Foundation.

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, will open the 2017 Wiltshire Festival of Engineering on Friday 3 November at the Trowbridge Civic Centre in recognition of its aim to build a stronger manufacturing and engineering economy to serve the local community. Mr Gibb, accompanied by organisers Michelle Donelan MP and Andrew Murrison MP, will attend the festival which is supported by the James Dyson Foundation, before speaking to local businesses and local school children.

Over 2000 local young people will have the opportunity to participate, explore and interact with over 30 local businesses engaged within the science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) sectors. They will have a unique opportunity to interact with cutting-edge technology from organisations such as Dyson, Siemens and Airbus. There is still limited space available for schools who would like to get involved and the event is open to the general public between 4-5pm on the day.

Commenting on the announcement Michelle Donelan MP said, “I asked the Schools Minister to attend the festival to not only see the fantastic businesses we have in Wiltshire, but also how beneficial events like this can be in inspiring young people from an early age so that they consider a career in the STEM sectors in the future. Frankly, if we do not address the lack of skills, particularly in engineering, it will threaten both the future of the local economy and the UK economy more widely.”

For further information, or to get involved with the Festival and its aims, please email either michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk or visit the dedicated festival website at www.festivalofengineering.com

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September 7 2017

Speaking to BBC Wiltshire about the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering

Yesterday Michelle spoke to BBC Wiltshire about the festival of engineering and you can listen to this below.

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September 6 2017

Inviting the Prime Minister to the Festival of Engineering

Today in Prime Minister’s Questions I invited Theresa May to attend my second annual Wiltshire Festival of Engineering which is taking place on the 3rd of November and being held in conjunction with Dr Andrew Murrison MP. I hope to inspire thousands of children to help challenge stereotypes of engineering careers, to help combat the local skills gap and in addition to highlight that Wiltshire really is a hub of engineering, design and technology.

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July 28 2017

Coming Soon: the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering 2017

Coming Soon: the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering 2017!

Michelle Donelan MP and Andrew Murrison MP will be welcoming schools and businesses from across Wiltshire to join them for this year’s Festival of Engineering on 3rd November 2017.

Taking place in the Trowbridge Civic Centre we hope to build on last’s year success to help build a stronger manufacturing and engineering economy to serve the local community.

More details to follow shortly.

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September 27 2016

Festival Countdown

The clock is ticking down to the Festival of Engineering which takes place tomorrow on the 28th of September 2016 in the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham.

Aimed at local school pupils in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9, there are over one-thousand local young people attending and hopefully they will be inspired by some of the fantastic businesses that we have locally.

The Festival will also be open between 3.30pm-5pm for students where their school didn’t get the chance to visit and also other young people with an enthusiasm for engineering.

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September 1 2016

Mars Rover model at Wiltshire Festival of Engineering

Airbus Defence and Space’s Mars rover model features to be one of the star attractions at an event aimed at inspiring school children’s interest in science, engineering and technology.

ExoMars Rover

Launched by Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering aims to open new doors into the world of manufacturing and engineering, paving the way for a new skilled workforce in Wiltshire.

Key event supporter Airbus Defence and Space Group, Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide, has confirmed that a full scale model of their ExoMars Rover, will take centre stage on their stand at Festival of Engineering at Chippenham’s Olympiad Leisure Centre on 28th September.

ExoMars, as it is known, will be a six-wheeled robot tasked with finding signs of past or present life, with the mission set to be launched to the Red Planet in 2020. The UK division of Airbus Defence and Space will assemble the rover from parts built across member states of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Earlier this year British ESA astronaut Tim Peake successfully drove the prototype ExoMars Rover “Bridget” live from the International Space Station in an experiment to look at how humans and robotics can work together.

Paul Kahn, President of Airbus Group UK: “We are very pleased to have been able to support the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering.  Events like this play a vital role in showcasing the world leading technologies and products that are being developed here in the UK and encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEM.”

Michelle Donelan said: “Airbus are one of the world’s leading defence and space companies and are a huge global and local employer of high-tech, creative design and manufacturing jobs. Like me, they are incredibly committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers and I know that the model Mars rover will be a spectacular sight for all those who attend.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people, including hundreds at their site near Chippenham, and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.

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July 26 2016

Over 1100 children register for Wiltshire Festival of Engineering

Significant numbers of Wiltshire school children have shown early interest in the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering by registering to attend the event. Latest registration figures show that 37 schools have signed up to take part in the Festival – which will see a staggering total of over 1100 young people (aged Year 6 upwards) inspired by local technology businesses.

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July 13 2016

Wiltshire Festival of Engineering welcomes support from regional technology businesses

The Wiltshire Festival of Engineering has won the support of major sponsors, including the James Dyson Foundation, Hitachi, Good Energy and Great Western Railway.

The Festival, the brainchild of Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan, aims to inspire the next generation of local engineers and manufacturers, paving the way for a new skilled workforce for future business needs.

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