Pearlgreen leads the way for bridging skills gap in engineering sector after school link-up

April 21, 2015
Pearlgreen Engineering at Hessle High School

A leading engineering firm is looking to the future to secure the strength of the industry by linking up with Hessle High School to instill interest in engineering careers into students through work placements.

Pearlgreen Engineering, based in Hawthorn Avenue, west Hull, is developing initiatives with secondary school children as the skills shortage in the engineering and manufacturing sectors continues to have an impact on the UK economy.

The engineering firm is working with Hessle High School to equip young people with the knowledge they need to develop an interest in an engineering career.

Tony Schultz, director of Pearlgreen Engineering, said: “The core of any business is to be prepared for the future, and in engineering there is a shortage of skills becoming rapidly evident.

“In order to protect our business and nurture today’s talent for tomorrow, it is vital for us to secure an interest in engineering in young people from an early age.

“Our experience so far tells us that reaching out to school pupils before they begin to make decisions about their future careers is crucial. Many young people will not have considered engineering as a career before leaving school. If we can equip them with the knowledge to develop an interest in the industry, a successful working future becomes highly likely.”

Donna Ward, Head of Engineering at Hessle High School, said ”Thanks to Pearlgreen our pupils will now be able to witness, first-hand, the processes, preparation and engineering skills we try to teach in a school environment.

“Tony and his team have not only offered to support us with educational visits but also with material supply and their little black book of industry contacts.

For our pupils this offers a huge opportunity to see engineering on their doorstep and I’m sure they will.”

Sarah Young, Headteacher at Hessle High School added “To partner with forward thinking local businesses prepared to share their time, knowledge and resources is always fantastic.

“Providing practical hands on education within a workplace is really important to the development of our pupils.

“The real-life experience and knowledge they gain can only bring added relevance to the subjects they study and their career choices they make.”

Year 9 students Louis Rex and Denver Hordon are two of the first students taking part in the visits.

Louis said: “My Dad works in engineering and seeing what he does has inspired me to want to go into a similar industry. I am interested in seeing how people do their jobs in a real engineering work place.”

Denver added: “I want to go into engineering when I leave school and I am interested to find out about all of the different job types available. I am hoping to get an industry apprenticeship eventually.”

The company has already seen success with apprenticeships in previous years and plans to provide further placements for 16-18 year olds who elect to work in the industry so that they are inspired to start a career in the industry.

Pearlgreen Engineering achieved both ISO and CE (Conformite Europeenne) marking accreditation late last year and has led the way in industry standards since then. After becoming one of the first metal engineering firms in the region to achieve the prestigious CE status, it has called on other UK firms to follow suit.

Mr Schultz said: “We are delighted to be an accredited business which complies fully with such standard as we can now give our customers added confidence that all our engineered metals meet the highest standards possible.

“Pearlgreen Engineering’s customers are already delighted to hear that we are complying with these standards as it gives them further confidence that their projects will be finished to the highest standards.

“The demand for metal fabrication and manufacturing will not die down. It’s up to us to ensure we have the right innovation and people to meet the continuing demands.”