Prince Harry paid a visit to Three Sisters Racing Circuit in Wigan last week to see for himself how a schools motorsport initiative called The Blair Project, supported by Engineering Futures, is developing STEM skills by bringing together product design, 3D printing and go-karting.
His Royal Highness spent over one and a half hours talking to everyone involved in the project, especially those from Engineering Futures.
Hub Manager, Daniel Robinson, explained to Prince Harry how Engineering Futures brings together young people, parents, schools and employers to address the lack of awareness and understanding of the Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing sector, and clearly signpost the career paths, jobs and training opportunities available to develop and sustain meaningful relationships that benefit the local area, community and economy.
This pilot project intends to unlock the hidden talents of young people who have special educational needs or learning disabilities and who are at risk of under achievement as they prepare to enter the local labour market. In addition to learning digital manufacture and design skills, the teams will receive relevant careers information and guidance to help them progress into employment or apprenticeships.
This is the first time a 3D printed kart has been made and raced in the UK. Following testing, the karts will go on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in July as part of a special series of school events to celebrate Manchester being named as European City of Science 2016.
To find out how you can become part of Engineering Futures please contact Daniel Robinson on 07718 114 755.