ONE of the UK’s largest engineering firms has launched its first exciting STEM and sustainability partnership with a school in Warrington.

BGEN, head-quartered at Centre Park in Warrington, has joined forces with St Vincent's Catholic Primary School in Penketh to drive an environmental programme for the town’s future engineers.

Through interactive curriculum-linked classroom lessons, inspiring site visits and the donation of 20 Chromebooks, pupils will be introduced to real-life examples of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects in action.

BGEN’s experts are working with St Vincent’s staff to develop the programme and have met with the School Council (made up of pupils) to share details of the partnership.

Warrington Guardian: Penketh pupils will benefit from the engineering partnershipPenketh pupils will benefit from the engineering partnership (Image: Supplied)
“We’re delighted to kick off our Sustainability and STEM partnership with a school located just a stone’s throw away from our Penketh site” said Oliver Groarke, head of future markets at BGEN.

“STEM education encourages curiosity, exploration and inspires a lifelong love for learning.

“We’d like to think that perhaps we'll see some of the pupils become engineers in the future – maybe at BGEN.”

The collaboration supports BGEN’s ongoing commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance).

It hopes to shine a light on the breadth of exciting future careers young people can enjoy in the industry.

Warrington Guardian: BGEN hopes to shine a light on the future of engineering careers to young peopleBGEN hopes to shine a light on the future of engineering careers to young people (Image: Supplied)

The leading firm will also help St Vincent’s to improve its energy efficiency and carbon footprint – whilst reducing its running costs - by making a significant contribution towards its switch to an LED lighting. 

This is expected to reduce the school’s energy costs by more than £2,700 a year and cut its annual CO2 emissions by two thirds.

Dominic Vernon, head teacher at St Vincent's, said: “Environmental education is very important, and we know that STEM subjects provide the foundations and tools for future employment opportunities.

“The launch of this partnership – which combines both areas of learning - makes for a very exciting start to the school year and for many more to come.

“With fascinating learning modules in and out of the classroom, and the very generous donation of thousands of pounds towards IT equipment and a smarter lighting system, we’re very grateful for the many opportunities this partnership will provide.”