Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education, will attend the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering 2017 supported by the James Dyson Foundation.

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, will open the 2017 Wiltshire Festival of Engineering on Friday 3 November at the Trowbridge Civic Centre in recognition of its aim to build a stronger manufacturing and engineering economy to serve the local community. Mr Gibb, accompanied by organisers Michelle Donelan MP and Andrew Murrison MP, will attend the festival which is supported by the James Dyson Foundation, before speaking to local businesses and local school children.

Over 2000 local young people will have the opportunity to participate, explore and interact with over 30 local businesses engaged within the science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) sectors. They will have a unique opportunity to interact with cutting-edge technology from organisations such as Dyson, Siemens and Airbus. There is still limited space available for schools who would like to get involved and the event is open to the general public between 4-5pm on the day.

Commenting on the announcement Michelle Donelan MP said, “I asked the Schools Minister to attend the festival to not only see the fantastic businesses we have in Wiltshire, but also how beneficial events like this can be in inspiring young people from an early age so that they consider a career in the STEM sectors in the future. Frankly, if we do not address the lack of skills, particularly in engineering, it will threaten both the future of the local economy and the UK economy more widely.”

For further information, or to get involved with the Festival and its aims, please email either michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk or visit the dedicated festival website at www.festivalofengineering.com.