Komatsu out to inspire next generation of engineers at Sunderland event

Tracey Bowman, senior HR manager at Komatsu UK.
Tracey Bowman, senior HR manager at Komatsu UK.

One of the region’s best-known manufacturers had its sights set on unearthing the next generation of North East engineers, at a Sunderland event.

Komatsu UK was a key sponsor of Bring It On! A North-East exhibition for future engineers.

Held at the Stadium of Light, it is the first event of its kind in the North East.

Organisers working with local businesses to showcase the wide variety of career opportunities open to young people in the region.

Komatsu, exhibited one of its iconic excavators at the event, held at the home of Sunderland AFC, and several employees were on hand to give students a taster of the jobs open to them in the engineering sector.

Tracey Bowman, Senior HR Manager at Komatsu UK, said: “The aim of this event is to inspire young people and have them walk out of Bring It On! at the end of the day excited and enthused about careers in engineering.

“At Komatsu, we take great pride in the work we do with schools and colleges, via our STEM ambassador programme.

“Supporting Bring it On! offers us the opportunity to build on that important work.

“It is the responsibility of businesses like Komatsu to focus on the future of the engineering sector and its workforce, so it is incredibly reassuring to see so many North-East companies supporting Bring It On! – which we hope will become a staple of the regional events calendar.”

Komatsu places great emphasis on the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), with a team of ambassadors from different departments of the business who work with students from a range of age groups to show them how STEM subjects can be applied in the workplace.

Tracey added: “Good STEM subject results provide the foundation of so many successful careers in engineering.

“STEM-based careers are the fuel that powers the regional economy, and we work with the education sector to ensure that students understand this.”

Bring It On! took place over two days and welcomed around 2,500 students over the course of the event.

Young people learned what it is like to be an engineer through a series of talks and interactive demonstrations.

As part of its commitment to developing the future engineering workforce, Komatsu UK has created a hugely successful apprenticeship programme, and a further nine apprentices have joined the company this year.

Tracey said: “Our scheme has provided Komatsu with quality apprenticeships for nearly 30 years.

“We are dedicated to taking on and training apprentices, as we recognise the value they bring to our operation.”

Komatsu UK remains at the forefront of manufacturing excellence and now employs more than 400 people in Gateshead.

Testament to the company’s reputation as an excellent employer, 12 percent of the company’s current employees are celebrating their 30th year of service at Komatsu.

For more information on Komatsu UK, visit www.komatsu.eu