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Robot Wars is back…and could inspire a new generation of engineers

Robot Wars

Readers of this blog will be familiar with my tendency towards nostalgia, especially when harking back to a time when more young people had hands-on hobbies that involved making things and tinkering with designs in their dad’s shed or garage. It will come as no surprise, then, that I was heartened to see a return

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Finding tomorrow’s engineers

Finding tomorrows engineers

At this time of year it is not uncommon for me to get phone calls and emails from students looking for industrial placements.  They come from all sources including emails and phone calls from Germany, France and Spain right through to Asia.  In the past I have even received emails from young people offering to work for nothing for

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Challenging gender stereotypes in engineering – #iLookLikeAnEngineer one year on

#iLookLikeAnEngineer

Last year we posted a blog about an inspirational social media campaign aimed at dispelling gender stereotypes in the engineering industry and encouraging more women and girls to consider a career in the sector. #iLookLikeAnEngineer The woman behind the #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign is Isis Anchelee, a twenty-something software engineer based in San Francisco. She started the

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Why do apprenticeships have an image problem among young people?

Why do apprenticeships have an image problem among young people?

At Warley Design we are keen supporters of the renewed focus on apprenticeships, following the 2015 pledge by the then Prime Minister David Cameron to create an extra 3million apprenticeships by 2020. A thorough understanding Both the directors at Warley went through 5-year craft apprenticeships within manufacturing environments and feel the shop-floor training they received gave them

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The Bloodhound Project – more a giant leap for the engineering profession than an attempt at a land speed record

At a recent get-together of engineering professionals, the conversation turned to the exciting Bloodhound project – a bold, ambitious venture, which aims to develop a supersonic car (SSC) capable of breaking the 1,000mph land speed barrier. To my dismay a fellow professional dismissed the Bloodhound SSC as being “a suped-up racing car”. I was disappointed because

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