Pupils at STEM event
New campus inspires fourth year pupils
Forth Valley College’s new build Falkirk Campus will provide an exciting opportunity for high school pupils to find career inspiration in engineering and science subjects.
A partnership between the college, Balfour Beatty – the main contractors who are building the new campus – and The Engineering Development Trust (EDT), who have the aim of motivating young people into choosing Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) based careers, organised an event for local 14-15 year-old high school pupils at the current Falkirk Campus Main Hall, on Thursday 25 January.
The assembled pupils and teachers were encouraged to commit to the three month Engineering Education Scheme (EES) - specially created for fourth year students. The project will equip young people with life skills including team working, project management, report writing and presentation skills.
It will provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and help them make informed decisions at a stage in their lives critical to their future career paths. It will also provide a unique insight into the world of work and incorporate site visits at the new Middlefield campus.
Work officially began on Forth Valley College’s new £78 million Falkirk Campus on Friday 10 November 2017. Scotland’s Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, used a digger to break the first ground on the exciting project.
The new campus - which is earmarked for completion in November 2019 - will complete FVC’s ambitious estates programme which saw their £21 million Alloa Campus opened in 2011 and their £29 million Stirling Campus opened a year later. The Scottish Government is investing £65 million in the construction of the new campus.
The new Falkirk HQ will focus heavily on training facilities designed for science and technology, engineering, sport and healthcare, and will also have state-of-the-art provision and capabilities to accommodate a wide range of FVC’s courses.