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Educating Young Innovators

18 July 2016

As part of the Costain sponsorship of the London Design and Engineering UTC, Costain is supporting a design and engineering event at the London Design & Engineering University Technical College (LDE UTC) in London’s Docklands, funded by the Sir John Cass foundation and highlighting the vital role that technology can play in educating young innovators.

The free to enter ‘Family Tech Day’ on 23 July is now fully booked, with 5,000 people planning to attend. The event will celebrate all areas of Design & Engineering, showcasing the latest tech and gadgets as well as lots of hands-on activities for all the family. The event will also feature innovative ideas from the UTC’s ‘Founding 150’ club, the school’s first 150 students. The best ideas will receive prizes that include an Apple Watch and iPad Mini.

Some of the companies attending the event include toy maker Lego and SAM Lab, which manufactures games and drag-and-drop apps that allow anyone to learn the basics of computer programming. The event will feature a gull-winged DeLorean car, the same model that featured in the blockbuster ‘Back to the Future’ films.

Headed by Principal Geoffrey Fowler, the London Design and Engineering UTC officially opens its doors in September 2016, backed by the University of East London and Employer Sponsors like Costain, Thames Water and Skanska.

Developed in England in response to repeated demand from employers, the aim of UTCs is to teach students technical and scientific subjects in a way that integrates technical, practical and academic learning within a creative environment where students can develop abilities that industry needs.

Deborah Rapkins, Costain’s Head of Learning and Development, said: “The UTC approach to learning is in line with Costain’s Engineering Tomorrow strategy, which aims to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major national infrastructure needs and fits directly with our emerging talent strategy.”

Costain will be represented at the event by Caroline Towner, Costain’s Apprentice Manager, who will be on hand to talk about Costain’s apprenticeship programme, as well as the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche joint venture who will be representing Tideway.

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