Looking Back – the Year of Engineering 2018

Year of Engineering 2018

2018 is nearly over, and we’re looking back at the great year we have had as an official partner of the Year of Engineering.

The Year of Engineering is a government campaign to celebrate engineering and inspire young people to consider the many and varied opportunities a career in engineering could offer them. As a company that has helped countless young people in Essex qualify to become engineers, we were delighted to be able to take part.

Kicking off the year, we interviewed six members of the Gibbons team and found out how they started their careers. From managers to apprentices, we found out what they enjoyed about working in engineering and how they started out. The interviews were published on our YouTube channel and have received hundreds of views – you can check them out for yourself here.

Following this we opened our doors in June to 23 pupils from Tollesbury Primary School for a morning of fun and inspiring activities, from building a motorised model car to creating a water pump from a bottle, straw and balloon. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic students, and their teachers later told us that the water pump experiment was so popular with the pupils, that they would be demonstrating the water pump to younger students at the school!

We were lucky enough to meet yet more enthusiastic students in November, when we attended a Careers Fair at the Plume Academy. We were very impressed with several of the students we met, some of whom were already considering a career in engineering and were keen to hear about the opportunities we have available to them right on their doorstep.

To finish the year our marketing manager Nadya Damhar attended a service at Westminster Abbey held in celebration of the Year of Engineering. It was a pleasure to attend the service, which was the first of its kind and celebrated the achievements of engineers around the world and thanked them for their contribution to progress and society.

We are looking forward to continuing the theme next year as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations and have invited schools in the surrounding area to take part in an exciting competition. Keep an eye out for further details of this coming soon!