HMS Sultan personnel give their advice on Stem careers

Royal Navy personnel from HMS Sultan spent a day inspiring young people to take up Stem subjects.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 6:13 am
CAREERS Personnel from HMS Sultan and the UTC promoted Stem subjects to young people. Picture: Dave Jenkins

The Big Bang at Solent is one of the south coast’s biggest career events promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to young people.

Personnel from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School and Defence School of Marine Engineering represented the Navy, alongside more than 65 interactive displays, at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

More than 1,000, 11 to 16-year-olds travelled from schools across the region to attend the event.

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Lieutenant Paul Mulroy was among the many STEM ambassadors in attendance from HMS Sultan.

He said: ‘We’re here to help provide answers to some of the burning questions that the students may have and can’t get answers to elsewhere.

‘We’ve been taking time with them explaining about the many branch options within engineering that may be open to them and have also been helping the students to get their own ideas down on to paper. The feedback from the students involved has been really positive.’

Cath Longhurst, chief executive of the Education Business Partnership, which organised the event, said: ‘The event is really about inspiring young people.

‘We know that science subjects are really important and we know that science is key for the economy and for the future of technology and engineering.

‘What we really want to do is to capture young people’s interest and make them realise that science and technology could be something for them, and at least help them to consider it as an idea for a future career.’

The Royal Navy’s display stand included a Lynx Mk8 helicopter, with children taking the opportunity to climb on board to explore the aircraft.

In addition personnel wore large badges designed to encourage the students to open up and ask lots of questions about engineering within the Royal Navy.