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On 13 October, 2021, the GE Foundation, with GE Grid Solutions, Connectr, and The Inspirational Learning Group, launched Next Engineers Staffordshire. Together, we are investing in Staffordshire's young people — the future engineers who will drive the change the world needs.

GE Vernova employees: are you interested in volunteering for Next Engineers? If so, contact the Staffordshire Team for more information.

Engineering Discovery
Year 9

Opportunities to explore and discover

Students (Year 9) build awareness about what engineers do through a variety of short, exploratory sessions led by GE Vernova engineers. Volunteers deliver creative, hands-on activities in the classroom or community to inspire young people and expand their understanding of what engineering is all about.

Engineering Camp
Years 9-10

Engineering Experience: An immersive learning experience

In the summer of 2024, Next Engineers Staffordshire will offer a series of Engineering Experience sessions, perfect for Year 9 and Year 10 students. Over the course of one week, students are introduced to the engineering process. Experienced engineering faculty, staff, GE Vernova volunteers, and business leaders interact with students as they complete design challenges inspired by real-world scenarios, such as building bridge prototypes and creating their own pressure-powered cars. All Engineering Experience sessions are free of cost.

Experience applications for 2024 are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied. 

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Engineering Academy
Year 11

A transformative learning experience

Are you a Year 11 student? Do you want the chance to think and act like an engineer? Apply to be in the Engineering Academy.

Over three years, students learn engineering skills and prepare for further education at a university or training through an apprenticeship program. With over 220 hours over 3 years outside of school, the Academy includes a series of immersive design challenges, career coaching, and university-readiness workshops to equip youth with the skills they need to build an engineering career. All Next Engineers: Engineering Academy Staffordshire graduates who enter higher education for engineering degrees will be awarded $10,000 USD (approximately £8,000, dependent on exchange rate) in financial support. Engineering Academy graduates who commit to an engineering apprenticeship at any company in the U.K. will receive approximately $1,500 USD (approximately £1,300) to help fund transportation, books, and supplies.

Applications for are now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied! If you have any questions, please e-mail nextengineers@tilg.co.uk. Thank you!



The TILG team visit Alleyne's Academy to engage with their Year 9's as they take part in the Build A Plankton challenge.


The TILG team visit St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy to


The TILG team visit Alleyne's Academy to engage with their Year 9's as they take part in the Toxic Popcorn challenge.


The TILG team visit Blythe Bridge High School to engage w


We are proud to be hosting the Graduation Ceremony of the Next Engineers Academy Cohort 1 at Uttoxeter Racecourse.  Our Academy students will be joined by their friends and family to celebrate their achievements whilst participating in the Next Engineers Academy. 


Here at The Inspirational Learning Group, it’s all hands


Here at The Inspirational Learning Group, it’s all hands on deck finalising plans for the Next Engineers: Staffordshire Engineering Experience and our team are looking forward to welcoming 50 aspiring engineers to Week 2.