As he retires after 12 years at the helm of the Engineering Development Trust, Dr Gordon Mizner looks at the range of the charity’s STEM engagement programmes

A great deal has changed since 2005 when I became chief executive of the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). One thing that has not changed, however, is the enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers who engage with EDT, who ensure their students get the opportunity to see the role that their STEM subjects play in the real world. These teachers recognise that giving young people exposure to tasters, projects and placements with employers in the STEM industries gives them important inspiration, motivation and information for their future career pathways.

Back in 2005, EDT was involved in three main programmes.

All the 2005 programmes are still going strong and have varying roles for teachers to play. I suggest that there are two key roles for teachers in these programmes, and in the new programmes developed since 2005, which enable young people to get the most from STEM engagement.

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