ChargePoint Technology Teams up with Your Life to deliver inspirational school trip

25/07/2017

ChargePoint Technology teamed up with the Government-backed Your Life campaign to host a ‘Best School Trip’ event for 2 Merseyside schools.

Your Life launched the ‘Best School Trip’ initiative to help hundreds of businesses across the UK open their doors and offer inspirational trips to young people – fully funded for businesses and schools free of charge. Best School Trips are designed and delivered in partnership with specialists, MyKindaFuture, to offer young people first-hand experience of the STEM career possibilities available in their local area and to offer businesses the chance to engage with their future workforce.

Toby Hicks, Your Life Communications Director, said: “Seeing the world of work at first hand can have a transformative impact on the life chances of young people. Research shows that the more students are introduced to work at school, the more prepared they are for adult working life. We are delighted to work with ChargePoint Technology to help open up the world of engineering to young people.”

The event on 12th July, held at ChargePoint’s head office and manufacturing site on Venture Business Park in Speke, welcomed 24 students from Deyes High School in Maghull and King's Leadership Academy Liverpool, based in Dingle. The students were at the site for a full day and carried out many initiatives with MyKindaFuture to introduce them to a career with a STEM employer.

CP2 - finalAs part of the event the students were given a brief demonstration of how to build one of ChargePoint’s patented transfer valves by the service engineering department and were then challenged to build a valve themselves in small groups. The students were also given a tour of the manufacturing facility and members of ChargePoint’s engineering, sales and graduate design departments were with the students most of the day providing them with insight into the types of job roles they can expect to be available in a STEM environment.

Chris Eccles, CEO of ChargePoint, “It was great to have such a skilled group of students from local schools with us for the day. It’s vital to teach children about the importance of engineering, design and science at the point in their life when they’re thinking about their future career options, and to be able to educate them on what ChargePoint offer and the roles available to them within the industry is a fantastic opportunity. We hope the day spent with our team inspires the students to consider a STEM career in the future.”

Mr Mark O’Hagan, Academy Principal of King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool, commented on the event; “STEM has a massive importance to us here at King’s. Our main function is to serve our community and to be a driving force for social mobility within the Toxteth and Dingle area. To do this, we need to ensure as many of our pupils have the option to go to University or a suitable alternative. So, when you align our mission to the huge shortage of STEM graduates in the country it seems natural for us to invest time and resources promoting not just STEM subjects, but those skills which the children will need to be successful in the future. Schools are indebted to companies such as ChargePoint Technology for putting on events to raise the profile of STEM and help develop the required skills in our young people.”

 

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