Sunderland seat manufacturer Adient has donated its £2000 ($2,625) prize from the North East Automotive Alliance’s (NEAA) inaugural Annual Awards Dinner to Primary Engineer, to help support engineers of the future.
Adient was awarded the NEAA Business Competitiveness Award, sponsored by Gateshead College, at the inaugural North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) Annual Awards earlier this year. The company received £2000 to donate to a local project of its choice to support an automotive or STEM related project.
Primary Engineer has, over the past 12 years, created an engineering curriculum that spans Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education institutions.
Its core aims include; the development of children and young people through engagement with engineering, the promotion of engineering careers for pupils through inspiring programmes and competitions, the development of engineering skills for teachers and practitioners as a sustainable model and working to address the gender imbalance in science and engineering.
Hayley Cheel, HR Manager, Adient said “We were honoured to win this award and delighted to donate our prize to Primary Engineering. We are currently actively engaged in promoting engineering in schools across the North East, and the STEM projects that Primary Engineer have created are ideal for attracting future Engineers to our Industry.”
Liam Weatherill, Regional Director (North), Primary Engineer said “We are extremely grateful for the support the NEAA has afforded Primary Engineer in the North East by choosing our Not-For-Profit organisation as its skills partner for Primary education. This gives us the opportunity to receive introductions and further support from highly successful companies such as Adient. Over 5,000 young people in the North East participated in Primary Engineer programmes during the 2017/2018 academic year.
Lianne Marston, business account manager at Gateshead College, said: “Congratulations to Adient for winning this award and making a donation to such a worthy cause. It’s great to see employers working closely with the education sector to teach young people about the exciting range of STEM careers on offer.
Paul Butler, CEO of the NEAA added “The awards provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase automotive excellence here in the North East of England, with Adient worthy winners of the Business Competitiveness award from the evening. Thanks to the support of our sponsors our winners have been able to donate over £18,000 to support the sectors skills activities; recognising our future talent and further strengthening our links to education.”
(pictured left to right: Lianne Marston, Gateshead College: Chris Watson, Adient, Hayley Cheel, Adient, Liam Weatherill, Primary Engineer, Paul Butler, NEAA)