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Howmet Aerospace support boosts STEM in schools

Published: Feb 2, 2021 3 min read

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Global leader in engineered metal products, Howmet Aerospace, is the latest firm to back ENTHUSE Partnerships in the UK, targeting their support at schools near to one of their UK sites in Exeter, Devon.

The schools participating in the Howmet Aerospace ENTHUSE Partnership include: Teign School, who will be leading the partnership, Coombeshead Academy, Clyst Vale School, Colyton Grammar School, West Exe School and St Peters Church of England Aided School. They aim to build strong links with Howmet including their many STEM Ambassadors. Teachers will benefit from proven STEM-specific professional development, and pupils will have multiple opportunities to learn where STEM can take them.

Suzannah Wharf, Head of Teign School said:

“We are thrilled to take part in this Howmet Aerospace ENTHUSE Partnership - it will enable us to work with other local schools and academies to build a sustainable model of collaborative support, where we share good practice and expertise, providing pupils with a different experience of science and technology."

STEM Learning’s ENTHUSE Partnerships enable groups of schools and colleges to address local issues of underachievement in STEM subjects through a two-year programme to improve young people’s knowledge, skills and confidence in STEM subjects as well as boosting their career aspirations. The schools involved will have:

  • access to bursary-supported STEM-specific CPD
  • the opportunity for teachers to spend up to two weeks with a STEM employer
  • support to establish and sustain STEM Club activities
  • support from STEM Ambassadors

Independent evaluation shows that these Partnerships have a significant positive impact on the quality of STEM teaching within participating schools, raising young people’s awareness of and enthusiasm for STEM subjects and careers. Crucially, data and teacher feedback shows that, in a significant number of Partnerships, students receiving free school meals benefitted even more than their peers.

Howmet Aerospace is a company of innovators and makers.  They are transforming the future of flying and driving with high-performance engineered solutions that are paired with advanced manufacturing expertise.  Its legacy of responsible corporate citizenship is anchored by Howmet Aerospace Foundation, who invest in STEM and technical education and workforce initiatives to strengthen local communities where the company’s employees live and work.  The Foundation aims to educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and technical experts through STEM outreach projects including a grant to fund a STEM ENTHUSE Partnership. 

The business, with offices located throughout the UK, helps make quieter, more fuel-efficient engines for airplanes and gas turbines. They are also a world-class producer of aero engine and industrial gas turbine components, titanium aero ingots and mill products and hold the number one global position in aerospace fastening systems,

Nicola Acton from Howmet Aerospace Foundation said:

“We are delighted that we are working with the ENTHUSE Partnership, promoting exciting careers in engineering and manufacturing in Devon. Investing in the next generation of talent and working with schools close to our Exeter office is just part of our ongoing commitment to STEM education.”