Safety company Pyroban is keen to attract the best students into engineering careers. To help pupils better understand the potential opportunities, Pyroban Mechanical Engineer Marco Holt participates in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities.
For the past six years, Marco, who is based at Pyroban’s site in Shoreham, UK, has been a STEM Ambassador with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and STEM Sussex, which works in partnership with businesses and schools across the region to help school children make informed subject and career choices.
Marco volunteers for STEM activities both during his work time and his free time, with activities such as school visits and judging the CREST award competition for industrial projects. Pyroban supports Marco’s work with STEM activities and provides careers literature and freebies for school talks and events. The company has a stand, managed by Marco, at the annual Big Bang Careers Fair which attracts over 8000 pupils and has also welcomed industrial students on work placement.
“For the pupils, the value of having contact with the outside world is self-evident. They can contextualise their studies and make informed decisions about where they want to go,” explains Marco.
One of the latest STEM ventures that Marco is involved in is with Hove Park School where he has secured a £2000 grant from IMechE in order to support an afterschool club to build a go kart racing kit.
Marco says “Over the years, my activities have gathered a really positive profile in the company. I’m the outreach go-to person and I’m often in the company magazine.”
For more information on STEM Sussex visit: www.stemsussex.co.uk
To learn more about Careers with Pyroban, visit: www.pyroban.com