TechBay inspiring the engineers of tomorrow

TechBay 2017
(Last Updated On: November 6, 2017)

On Thursday 9 November, and as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, TDA will be taking over the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay for TechBay 2017.

Focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), TechBay 2017 is a unique hands-on, interactive experience showcasing the latest technologies to engage and excite our next generation of scientists, engineers and hi-tech engineers. The event is being delivered in partnership with Torbay Council and South Devon College as part of the Torbay MADE Project.

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. TechBay is a great event and 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.”

TechBay gives students the opportunity to get to grips with real life engineering and science, encouraging their future interest in manufacturing, engineering and advanced electronics. Local engineering and manufacturing businesses will help deliver an interactive programme of activities to engage the young people and excite them to consider careers in Hi Tech Manufacturing, Engineering, Advanced Electronics and/or Photonics.

Over 300 students and 22 hi tech business leaders will be at TechBay. The schools attending include Brixham College, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Paignton Community and Sports Academy, St Cuthbert Mayne School, The Spires College, Torquay Academy and Torquay Girls Grammar School. Gooch & Housego, Crispin Associates, Spirent Communications, MB Aerospace and iDream VR are just some of the companies that are featuring an interactive stand at the event.

As the MADE project grows and begins phase 2, more businesses are required to partner up with the schools, providing work experience opportunities, get involved in challenge days and open days.

Debbie Passmore, Partnership Executive at the TDA, said: “It is fantastic to see this event bring schools and businesses together. The activities at TechBay are 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. We are looking for more of Torbay and South Devon’s fantastic hi tech businesses to step forward and take part in this fulfilling project.”

Funding from the South West Peninsula City Deal Manufacturing and Marine Challenge Fund and matched funding from TDA enabled the delivery of the project.

If you would like to get involved in the project visit for more information or call 01803 207948 or email to register your business’s participation.

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