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Her Majesty is shown one of the Greenpower cars at Siemens, Hull.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) along with Airco and a number of key partners are supporting Greenpower Education Trust, to deliver a project to aid young people in gaining an interest in engineering.

Funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and Siemens Gamesa the project gained national coverage when a handful of students participating in the project had the chance to meet the Queen, upon Her Majesty’s visit to the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull on Thursday 16th November.

The project lead by Greenpower is to help provide young people spark an interest in engineering by designing and building single seat electric racing cars. This is of significant impact both within the Humber and the UK which is experiencing a major skills gap in this crucial business sector.

This highly successful challenge has so far inspired students from across the country from primary school, through to university, supporting those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to excel.

The project is led by teams of students, of which each team has a mentor; playing a key role in sharing engineering expertise helping to reach the target of hitting the race track.

Julie Shave, a tutor at the Airco Training Centre commented:

“Airco Centre of Excellence has been recruited as Coordinators to expand the number of Greenpower teams in the Humber region. Our objectives will be achieved by setting up new Greenpower teams and engaging with existing teams and providing all Greenpower participants the opportunity to work jointly on the project with an Employer partner.

“This is an exciting, proven project which has the potential to have significant impact on participants, on their attitudes to STEM subjects, their employability and character skills and on their future outcomes.

“Research by Anthony Mann from Education and Employers has shown that outcomes for pupils who have four or more opportunities to meet employers whilst at school are far better than those not given this chance. They are likely to earn more and are less likely to become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). The Greenpower project is an excellent route into schools for employers and employees who want to both support and engage with schools.”