As part of its pledge to bridge the engineering skills gap, Rotech, the Hertfordshire designer of end-to-end coding and feeding systems, participated in a two day ‘Insight into Industry’ conference at The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans.

Joining other national and local companies, including Marks and Spencer, Rotech used their presentation slots on the 5th and 6th July to engage with more than 200 year-9 students and showcase the exciting and varied career engineering pathways available to young people.

Rotech’s most recent apprentice, James Bennett who joined Rotech just several weeks ago was on hand to share his personal experience of apprenticeships. (2)

Rotech’s managing director Chris Baker, who is eager to change the perception that engineering is a ‘job for the boys’, used his opening presentation to inspire the young audience and explain what goes on behind the scenes at a rapidly growing enterprise and the types of opportunities this affords people seeking career diversity.

Enthused by a conversation with Dawn Bonfield, CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), Chris decided to strengthen links with the local school and reach out to the future generation of engineers direct. “In order to have a positive influence over future engineering talent, it is important to connect with young people at the time when they are considering their academic choices. We are keen to break down the perceived barriers and misconceptions and put engineering on young people’s future career radar” emphasised Chris.