Plea by business boss

The Grand Hall at Scarborough Spa hosted an Engineering  Week open house where local schools and colleges visited the various stands set up by local companies.Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104
The Grand Hall at Scarborough Spa hosted an Engineering Week open house where local schools and colleges visited the various stands set up by local companies.Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114104

BUSINESS leaders paid tribute to the success of Scarborough’s Engineering Week, held at the Spa.

The three-day showcase included a Formula One car, robots, a two-wheel vehicle being prepared for a world land speed record, and career displays.

More than 800 pupils attended the Grand Hall, a big increase on previous attendances by youngsters.

But Rob Miller, a director of the Scarborough Ambassadors’ business forum which hosted a dinner sponsored by HSBC bank, has asked for greater attendance by headteachers. Mr Miller, boss of Bluebird Vehicles, said: “It’s great to see so many youngsters here, but what I have found disappointing is the apparent lack of visible support by headteachers.

“We contacted the schools and it would have been nice to see headteachers showing their support.”

Mr Miller called for greater awareness of the importance of encouraging engineering interest among the town’s youth. His comments were backed by Peter Wilkinson, business forum chairman, who said teachers and headteachers could provide more career direction for such important subjects. The event also featured a display on potash and information on the proposed giant wind farm off the Scarborough coast, both of which would require vast engineering talent.