Water Company Acting Now To Plug Engineering Skills Gap

Water company United Utilities has joined forces with four high schools from Warrington to help attract potential engineers of the future.

64 students from four schools, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Bridgwater High School, Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School and Penketh High School, who are part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT), will work with United Utilities over the next 16 weeks to find engineering solutions to a water and wastewater problem.

Chris Hillidge representing the Multi Academy Trust said, “Working with United Utilities will give our students the opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to work in an energetic forward looking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) organisation.”

The group of budding engineers under the supervision of mentors from United Utilities will work on a series of in depth and challenging water industry problems, learning important business skills through a special Dragons’ Den style business competition.

Karen Hughes, Head of Organisational Development at United Utilities said: “This special link-up we have with the Multi Academy Trust will help us reach out and encourage young people to think about what we do as a business and the interesting and complex engineering challenges we face.

“It’s critical that we can attract the people and skills to run our organisation effectively in the future.”

The partnership between TCAT and United Utilities is a ground breaking opportunity to give students a look into a cutting edge STEM industry.