Harpenden pupils learn about careers in science as MP meets schools minister

09th April 2018

School pupils have been learning more about potential careers they could have in science, technology, engineering and maths from a host of businesses.

The event, which took place at Roundwood Park School, was attended by pupils from that school and neighbouring Sir John Lawes, as well as representatives from Morrison Utility Services, Weldability, Rothamsted Research, Affinity Water, AECOM and Atlas Copco, who all hosted interactive workshops.

The idea for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event came from Harpenden MP Bim Afolami, who said: “I want young people in this area to have the best chance to not only transition into work but to thrive in their future careers.

“STEM careers are some of the most exciting careers on offer and give young people fantastic opportunities and I want teens here to have the chance to see and understand the many options open to them.”

He organised the event with the help of The Career and Enterprise Company, which sets young people up for the world of work.

The company’s head of government relations Sarah Yong said: “I want young people in this area to have the best chance to not only transition into work but to thrive in their future careers.

“STEM careers are some of the most exciting careers on offer and give young people fantastic opportunities and I want teens here to have the chance to see and understand the many options open to them.

“This is why events like these are so important.”

Meanwhile, Mr Afolami and Roundwood Park’s head Alan Henshall also met with schools minister Nick Gibb at the Department for Education last week to discuss the ongoing challenges facing both teachers and pupils.

The MP said: “It was a huge pleasure to be joined by headteachers from across Hitchin and Harpenden to meet with the minister.

“Thoughts and concerns about schools across the constituency and education policy nationwide were heard, from teacher retention to curriculum development.

“We have been able to bring first-hand accounts of the issues affecting the teaching profession and pupils across the constituency. “

“One issue that affects Harpenden teachers especially, and was raised with the minister and he was very receptive, is the matter of teacher retention combined with the cost of living in the immediate area,” added Mr Afolami.