Derby Arena will be the new home for The Big Bang Fair East Midlands, part of the Engineering UK national programme to encourage young people into careers in STEM.
Young people from across the East Midlands will come together to find out about career opportunities in disciplines involving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the annual event in June.
The move to Derby Arena will increase event participation from 2,000 to 3,000 school children and home educators.
The event, set for 27th June 2019, aims to be bigger and more elaborate than ever before, as the push to drive career inspiration into the landscape of East Midlands schools is ever stronger, with Engineering UK reporting that 203,000 roles requiring engineering skills are needed to be filled annually through to 2024.
As well as engaging hands-on activities, have-a-go workshops and inspirational speakers this year will also see ‘sector zones’ throughout the exhibition area for young people to explore, all with the overarching aim of filling the STEM skills gap for the future. Schools can also take part in The Big Bang Competition to find the regional Young Engineer and Young Scientist of the Year.
Bringing together businesses and career leaders is at the heart of the event, as Learn By Design’s Director of Programmes, Louise Curd, explains:
“The skills gap in science and engineering is our driving force and it’s never been more vital for the private sector to recognise the part they play in opening the minds of young people. Whether a global company or an SME, The Big Bang Fair is a fantastic opportunity for organisations passionate about inspiring young people to break down some of the barriers facing young people and show face to face what their future career could looks like”.