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National Careers Service’s Flybe STEM event

30 March 2017

To celebrate British Science Week (13-17 March), National Careers Service worked with some of the south west’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) employers to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in the STEM industry.

Students from around the south west were invited to join us at Flybe Training Academy for a morning of activities lead by employees and apprentices from the MET Office, EDF Energy, South West Water, and MB Aerospace.

Students had the opportunity to learn what it takes to work in the STEM sector from those who do it every day. They were also given the chance to get some hands-on experience controlling robot arms, working with water supply equipment, and using virtual reality to get a taste of what it’s like to work in a power station.

Exhibitors, teachers, and students all thoroughly enjoyed the day’s events, expressing how inspired they felt after speaking to STEM professionals. One student commented they found: "the day was very educational and informative" and further commented: "it made them think about many aspects of STEM I haven't considered before."

Three students who impressed the exhibitors with their enthusiasm have been invited back to Flybe for a tour of the hanger, as well as the exciting opportunity to have a go on one of Flybe’s commercial aircraft simulators.

It is estimated that the vacancies within the UK’s STEM sector will increase considerably by 2020, the students that are currently studying their GCSE will be those filling these vacancies. It is our hope that we have inspired the students that attended our event to pursue a future career in STEM industries.

To find out more about the work of the National Careers Service in the south west visit


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