Mansfield Pollard celebrate new innovation centre

As part of its campaign to make young people more aware of the career opportunities within engineering, air management experts, Mansfield Pollard are undertaking a number of initiatives with the staff and students at Skipton Girls’ High School.

The business recently participated in the opening celebrations for Skipton Girls’ High Schools new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) innovation centre. The centre provides a state of the art learning environment that teaching staff will use to encourage student engagement in the subjects which make up STEM.

As part of the celebrations for the opening of the centre, the school organised an event showcasing some of its student’s work and also the work of some of its business partners, including Mansfield Pollard who had members of its team present to talk to students about the work it undertakes. The highlight of the event was a panel debate during which leading academics, students and business leaders including Mansfield Pollard’s MD, Joanna Robinson discussed questions around the purpose of STEM education and preparing young people for work and for life.

Speaking about the event Joanna said: “We believe that we have a responsibility to educate and inspire students and motivate them to explore the varied and exciting career opportunities which the many disciplines within engineering have to offer. Engineering offers an amazingly diverse range of opportunities and we’re committed to encouraging students to make engineering their career choice and also to encouraging diversity within the sector.

“The work which Jenn Plews and her team are doing at Skipton Girls’ High School is truly inspirational and we’re delighted to have an opportunity to support them.

“Current research shows that only 6 per cent of the engineering work force is female and that we’re facing a significant skills and talent gap, encouraging more young women to develop careers in engineering is a real imperative.

“In addition to participating in the opening celebrations we are building other links between the school and our engineers who this year will be working to provide some students with support on elements of their AS level qualification.”

Jenn Plews, Headteacher at Skipton Girls’ High School commented:  “We are really excited about working with and learning from Mansfield Pollard and believe this experience will directly benefit our students learning and expertise of real world engineering and about the production of energy efficient products and systems. The fact that Mansfield Pollard is local and highly committed to developing people makes for the basis of a strong mutually-beneficial partnership between education and industry.”

The Bradford based manufacturer produces an innovative range of high-quality products including air handling units, kitchen canopies, air conditioning systems and both vibration and acoustic management systems all of which deliver best in class performance and efficiency. The business recently won the award as Outstanding Employer of the Year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2015.

Written on 17th December 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News