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Engineering an educational partnership with BAE Systems in Oman

13 March 2015

Chris Theobald

Roadshow workshops highlight exciting career opportunities to Omani students

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) innovative educational partnership with BAE Systems continues to flourish.

The University has a large community of Omani students studying at its Preston campus who are already benefiting from a range of relevant work experience opportunities at the Warton and Samlesbury sites of BAE Systems.

And now, based on the success of this initiative, the collaboration has been extended though the provision of a recent week-long science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roadshow in Oman.

UCLan’s Dr Martin Brown, Dean at the International College of Engineering and Management in Oman, accompanied Zac Smith and James Birch, two BAE Systems’ apprentices, together with Vicky Eastham, a BAE Systems’ graduate, as they visited four national secondary schools in Muscat.

The idea behind the roadshow was to excite the Omani students about STEM subjects and to encourage them to consider engineering and technology as viable career choices.

“The week was a great success and it’s anticipated that in the future these workshop events will become a regular feature in the Omani school calendar.”

Workshop sessions incorporated a fun, hands-on, engineering challenge, led by the apprentice presenters, who gave the students the opportunity to build a tower out of paper that could support a water bottle. The sessions were held with the support of the Ministry of Education and the British Council in Muscat.

Commenting on the initiative UCLan’s Dr Martin Brown said: “The combination of a UK business partnering with a UK university to encourage students to pursue STEM subjects in Oman is an exciting first. It was also a perfect example of our overseas community engagement strategy in action.

“The week was a great success and it’s anticipated that in the future these workshop events will become a regular feature in the Omani school calendar.”

Sir Simon Bryant, Vice President (Oman), BAE Systems, added: “The Company has a global strategy to support educational initiatives and as part of our long-standing relationships in Oman, where we have been working for over four decades, we are committed to sharing knowledge, as exemplified by our partnership with the MTC and our links with Omani students studying at UCLan in the United Kingdom. Events such as those held this week are a further example of these educational activities and I am sure that the infectious enthusiasm of our young employees as they shared their experiences of engineering will help students in Oman understand the range of opportunities available to them. We look forward to continuing sharing our knowledge for many years to come.”