TechBay event inspires engineers of the future


Pupils from local schools were engaged in practical activities and amazed by the opportunities available to them within the engineering sector in Torbay.

TechBay: Engineering Your Future was delivered by TDA in partnership with South Devon College as part of the MADE project which brings Torbay secondary schools and local engineering businesses closer together.

The event aimed to inspire, motivate and excite young people to become the next generation of scientists, engineers and hi tech developers. TechBay activities were designed exclusively to help inform year 9 students about the engineering sector, a sector which is growing in Torbay with a number of multinational companies.

Activities included designing your own control system, an invention kit, using 3D printing and learning to write coding for programmes used in the gaming industry.

Torbay’s Elected Mayor and Chairman of South Devon Manufacturing Forum, Gordon Oliver, said: “The project is raising the profile of careers within the engineering sector and the opportunities available locally, both now and for the future. By informing young people of the sectors which are growing in Torbay we can help raise skill levels, create opportunities and maintain quality full time jobs in Torbay.”

“I would like to congratulate the schools who are participating in the programme and thank the local businesses in helping deliver the stimulating and engaging activities.”

Steve Caunter, Assistant Principal for Automotive, Marine, Hi-Tech and Digital at South Devon College, said “This was a brilliant day packed with fun activities and the feedback from everyone involved was excellent. There was a great buzz during all the activities and it was great to see pupils and teachers get involved with plenty of shouts of excitement as they participated in the challenges! We were delighted to be part of this event in partnership with the TDA and support of local employers, and hope that we inspired the younger generation in Torbay to consider studying and potential employment in the thriving Hi-Tech sector.”

The MADE project encourages businesses and educators to work collaboratively and develop activities which challenge and stimulate to ensure young people are sufficiently equipped with the necessary skills and competencies required to be employed within the engineering and manufacturing sector.

The funding application was made by the TDA on behalf of the Education sub-group, which includes the Torbay Hi Tech and Torbay and South Devon Manufacturing Forums. £40,000 of funding from the South West Peninsula City Deal Manufacturing and Marine Challenge Fund and an additional £10,000 matched funding from TDA enabled the delivery of the project.

Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA, said: “It was fantastic to see over 80 pupils attend the event from schools across Torbay and a further 30 from schools outside Torbay. The activities at TechBay were delivered in an interactive way to maximise engagement, whilst providing attendees with a dedicated forum to learn more about the engineering and manufacturing sectors. The excellent partnership between schools and businesses is vital to the future of these sectors.”

If you are a business interested in supporting the MADE Pilot project by offering mentoring or work experience please email Debbie Passmore on or call 01803 208378


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