TSP Projects challenge Year 10 pupils with Project Dare

Graduates and Apprentices from TSP Projects recently gave Year 10 pupils from York High,
Caedmon College in Whitby and Skipton Academy a taste of the excitement of engineering design and construction as part of Project Dare. The pupils heard first-hand about the range of roles required to deliver complex infrastructure projects and then worked in teams to design a new York Stadium and leisure complex. They completed the exercise with a visit to TSP Projects headquarters in York where they saw infrastructure design in action.

The initiative comprised two sessions. In the first session TSP Projects’ engineers, project managers and support staff helped the teams to set up a construction company and set about developing a new stadium. In the second session the teams finalised their ideas and then pitched them to a panel of judges who identified the winning design.

Project Dare is part of York Cares’ Aspirations programme which is designed to build the confidence of pupils aged 11–16 and motivate them to aim higher for their future. York Cares work with local employers whose employees volunteer to support the programme and give something back to the local community.

TSP Projects is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary solutions business, delivering consultancy, design and engineering across the UK. Local projects include the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Plant, the Trans Pennine Route Upgrade and the new roof at Leeds Station.

Taking part in Project Dare was an easy decision for Craig Scott, CEO to make. “This initiative gives students hands-on practical experience in problem solving and is a great way for us to show how exciting a career in engineering can be. With expert guidance from our staff, we’ve seen this group of students show real ingenuity and potential.”

This work was funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a government initiative which aims to increase the number of young people from under-represented groups entering higher education.

Helen Smith, NCOP FutureHY Project Director said, “Participating in Project Dare has given the students a wonderful chance to experience how their academic studies can lead to fulfilling and varied careers. After the first session with TSP Projects the students were very excited to return the following week so that they could present their ideas to employees and fellow participants.”