Last week I was one of the luckiest guys in the world!
An absolutely amazing week has come to a close and there has been loads to celebrate and be thankful for! Only a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the education team at British Marine South to see if I could help during the Big Bang Fair at the Ageas Bowl. The Big Bang @ Solent showcases local Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based businesses and organisations with exciting interactive activities for students aged 11-16. The aim is to build the awareness of the STEM industry and inspire the next generation to narrow the skills gap many companies are facing.
It was fantastic to be working with over 60 organisations; BAE Systems Maritime Services, Wartsila, Airbus, NATS, Leonardo and more who all ran fascinating and inspiring activities to showcase the fantastic work they do.
I have to say though, even though it was the length of a school day, having over 700 secondary school children come and ask you questions as well as having an absolute ball making boats (as part of a competition to see how many marbles their boat could hold) was exhausting but exhilarating! I cannot wait until next year and there are a few events happening in the near future too!
On the same day I also produced a Facebook Live which was semi terrifying... I hope that it started to convey the right message about what and why I'm trying to do.
What is the Big Bang Fair:
The Big Bang @ Solent is a large an interactive STEM careers fair organised by EBP South. It is one of the biggest STEM fairs on the South Coast. Businesses were invited to exhibit for free giving them an opportunity to bridge the skills gap as many businesses say they cannot recruit enough staff locally to fill STEM related posts. For business with at least a 5-year recruitment plan, events like these are essential to developing their future pipeline. Some of the students may only be a couple of years away from becoming an apprentice or a few years away from being an employee. All schools across Portsmouth, Southampton, Fareham, Gosport, Eastleigh and New Forest were invited to attend the free event as part of the services provided by EBP South to help all schools meet the requirements of the Careers Strategy and the Gatsby benchmarks.