Sparking the interest of our future scientists

STEM | Celebrating Science & Engineering

The Celebrating Science & Engineering programme has impacted




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“Hugely important. Hugely valuable and, frankly, very exciting to see this sort of encouragement for the youngsters of today, the workforce of tomorrow.”

— Mr. Ian Dudson CBE KStJ - Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire


About the Partnership


Carl Zeiss Vision UK – ‘igniting interest in science’

The ZEISS Group, being wholly owned and managed by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, has the overarching principle of corporate social responsibility embedded at its core and is a contributing factor to its long-term success.

As per its responsibility as a foundation company, ZEISS actively promotes scientific and technological progress in its four segments and advocates for better living conditions worldwide through its business activities.

Read more about Carl Zeiss Vision’s social responsibility initiatives.


Lichfield Cathedral School – a hub for STEM learning in the Midlands, working in partnership with Primary and Secondary Schools across the region.


The Smallpeice Trust – transforming the lives of young people for the benefit of UK Engineering

Primary Engineer – inspiring teachers through CPD training


Engineering our future - A skills shortage

Engineering is an essential component in keeping a society moving. It determines the capabilities of our workplaces, roads, bridges and even our waterways.

It involves plumbing and wastage, the uninhibited movement of traffic, planes, airports and the homes we live in.

Without engineering, the infrastructure around us would crumble and societal progression and advancement would become near impossible.

Neglecting to train a future generation of engineers could seriously impact the UK’s ability to compete globally.

The Engineering Employment Gap

In 2017, Engineering UK reported the annual shortfall of graduate engineers at 20,000, which is a conservative estimate, some reach as high as an annual shortfall of 55,000.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) revealed in a report that up to 62 per cent of engineering employers say that graduates cannot offer the right skills, which is a contributing factor, and also suggest not enough is being done by schools and universities to prepare future engineers for their debut in the workforce.


BECSLink brought these partners together to devise and deliver a unique educational programme across the Midlands, hosted by Lichfield Cathedral School BECSLink Community Hub, with two core objectives:

  • Igniting interest in science
  • Setting out the pathway from primary school to professional career.


Primary Engineer

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  • ‘STEM by Stealth’ practical, one-day workshop CPD training for Early Year’s and Primary teachers
  • Enabling teachers to deliver a whole class, curriculum-mapped engineering project
  • Ongoing access to the Primary Engineer VLE
The Smallpeice Trust  
  • Full-day STEM workshop for up to 60 Year 9 (Key Stage 3) students
  • Students work in teams to research, design, build, and market an autonomous vehicle
  • Each participating school invited to send a ‘winning’ team to represent them at the Celebratory Event

Outcomes - Impact

54 Primary School teachers trained from schools with a total 5036 students enrolled

1625 Secondary (Key Stage 3) students engaged

c.120 Parents informed about the career pathways

12 businesses introduced to inspire future engineers