The launch event of the Your Town Creative Café was held in Hastings and HMD Kontro’s Jo Whitling, Technical Support Engineer, was delighted to attend. It was a half-day career event where young people meet industry employers and professionals in an informal and yet structured café environment to find out more about the different areas of their work. The project is aimed at getting more young people to think about engineering as a career and to increase diversity.
What Is ‘Your Town’ By Culture Shift & Creative Cafés?
Your Town is ‘Transformations by Young People and Engineers’ and is an exciting project for young people delivered by Culture Shift and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious fund. Culture Shift puts creativity to work to facilitate positive change. It aims at generating dynamic partnerships where the creative and cultural sector work with community, business and education partners to produce bespoke, action-based solutions.
The website describes Creative Cafés as, high-energy, dynamic networking events where young people can meet and be inspired by employers and industry professionals across all sectors. Naturally engineering as a career is part of this and they are very keen for women engineers to take part.
The cafés are set up to have one professional for every 7-9 students, which makes for easy conversation with the events being structured around a menu of activities. The event that Jo attended explored ideas about engineering with Jo captivating her audience with her knowledge and skills.
The feedback that Jo received was really positive with the organiser complimenting her on the way she kept the students engaged bringing the mechanics of HMD Kontro’s pumps to life with pictures, diagrams and a small-scale demonstration kit.
HMD Kontro Helping the Next Generation of Engineers
HMD Kontro is always keen to support the local community by sharing skills and experience to the next generation to enhance the professional development of the engineers of the future. Events like this enable students to test products and service ideas in a supported environment. If you are looking for a career in engineering, please contact our HR department for current vacancies and opportunities.