Osborne to rollout Mabey Hire’s STEM Education Programme

Mabey Hire secures further industry support for its STEM Education Programme, which launched earlier this year

Mabey Hire is delighted to announce that leading construction and solutions provider Osborne has rolled out The Mabey STEM Education Programme in a secondary school in Southampton. The immersive 16-week course was launched by Mabey Hire to inspire young children to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and consider careers in civil engineering.

Thought to be the UK’s first civil engineering focussed programme, the 16-week course uses LEGO® Education materials to engage students to learn basic engineering principles in a hands-on, fun and engaging way.

Osborne joined the programme in April, onboarding a school in Southampton, which it will work with for the rest of the school term. The company will use Mabey Hire’s bespoke visual learning tool – called a ‘mission mat’- which students will follow throughout the course to apply learning and problem solving to achieve an end goal. The challenges covered include beam balance, freewheeler, power car, gear racer, tower crane, robot arm, scissor lift, watch tower and bridge.

Malcom Attrill, Engineering Manager, Osborne, comments: As an industry, we have the people, power and passion to address a lack of engagement in civil engineering from young people. When we heard about Mabey Hire’s STEM Education Programme, we knew this would provide the perfect platform to inspire and boost engagement from local students in our area to see the amazing careers associated with engineering.”

Gordon MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Mabey Hire adds: “Since launching our programme, we’ve seen a demand from our customers wanting to rollout the programme themselves, which demonstrates the great need to address the lack of STEM skills among our future workforce. We’re delighted to have Osborne on board and can’t wait to see the results from the course they’re running in Southampton.”

Created by Mabey Hire’s Engineering Director Dave Holland and Digital Engineer Andrew Gascoine, Mabey Hire continues to run the full programme to children across three schools in Manchester, Glasgow and Wigan, which are located close to some of Mabey’s largest depots, alongside leading contractor Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, which is rolling out the programme in a school in Rugby.

For more information on the Mabey STEM Education Programme, including testimonials, photographs and videos from the pilot programme, please visit: https://www.mabey.com/uk/campaigns/Mabey-STEM-Education-Programme LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this press release. �