On 13 October, 2021, the GE Foundation, with GE Grid Solutions and Connectr, 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 Staffordshire employees: are you interested in volunteering for Next Engineers? If so, contact the Staffordshire Team for more information.

Engineering Discovery
Ages 13-14

Opportunities to explore and discover

Students (ages 13 to 14) build awareness about what engineers do through a variety of short, exploratory sessions led by GE 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
Ages 14-15

Engineering Experience: An immersive learning experience

In the summer of 2022, 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 (ages 14 to 15) are immersed in the engineering process. Students interact with experienced engineering faculty, staff, and business leaders as they complete design challenges inspired by real-world scenarios, building an identity as aspiring engineers. All Engineering Experience sessions are free of cost.

Experience applications for 2022 are now closed. Stay tuned for information on Experience in 2023.

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Engineering Academy
Ages 15-18

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 (ages 15 to 18) learn engineering skills and prepare for further education at a university or training through an apprenticeship program. With over 80 hours per year outside of school, the Academy includes a series of immersive design challenges, career coaching, and education workshops to equip young people 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 £7,000, dependent on exchange rate) in financial support.

Applications for January 2022 are NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who applied. Current Year 9 and 10 students interested in future Academies can fill out the interest form linked below.