04 March 2024

East London and South Essex train operator c2c is pleased to announce the second phase of its partnership on World Engineering Day with not-for-profit organisation, Primary Engineer, which supports the development of children and young people through engagement with engineering.

The Primary Engineer Rail Programme empowers primary school teachers and students in learning more about Engineering and STEM in the rail industry. As part of the programme, participating schools are provided with activity kits for students to build a train of their own. All teachers on the programme receive:

  • Free kit for 30 rail project builds
  • One full day training, preparing teachers to deliver the project in class
  • A full set of classroom resources and online guides.

Throughout March, c2c volunteers will be supporting Primary Engineer in the training of teachers from schools across the East London area in the delivery of the programme. This follows a successful first year of working to support schools across Southend in 2023.

Rob Mullen, c2c Managing Director said: “We are proud to support the Primary Engineer Rail Programme, an initiative that aligns perfectly with our commitment to fostering innovation and education within the rail industry.

“By providing STEM opportunities for primary schools, we are investing in the future of engineering and railway technology. This partnership not only enriches the educational experience of young students, but also strengthens our community’s connection to the rail sector. We are excited to see the impact of this programme on inspiring the next generation of engineers.”

Chris Rochester, UK Director and Head of Partnerships of Primary Engineer said: “It’s fantastic to continue our partnership with c2c and enable pupils in a different area along the c2c route to take part in the Primary Engineer Rail Programme this year and for schools who took past last year to be able to run it again.

“The rail sector is a fascinating one which will play a crucial part in the future of transport in the UK and linking pupils to their local train operating company to understand more about the sector and future opportunities for them from an early age is essential.

“The Primary Engineer Rail Programme celebrates five years since its inception this year and it’s grown across the UK with partners such as c2c who want to encourage more young people into this vibrant and exciting sector where rewarding and often hidden roles await them.”

About Primary Engineer

  • Primary Engineer®, since 2005, have developed an engineering curriculum that spans Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education institutions.
  • Its core aims include; the development of children and young people through engagement with engineering, the promotion of engineering careers through inspiring programmes and competitions, the development of engineering skills for teachers and practitioners addressing the inequalities in engineering.​
  • For more about Primary Engineer, go to https://www.primaryengineer.com/about/


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