Television presenter and aviation enthusiast Carol Vorderman has teamed up with BAE Systems to launch a drive to boost the number of young people studying engineering.
The former Countdown presenter, who has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, used her visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire to make the call.
The 53-year-old has teamed up with BAE Systems to encourage young people to look at ‘STEM’ subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a career choice.
She met with nearly 1,000 schoolchildren at RIAT where she took a seat in one of the world’s leading fighter jets, the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by a four-nation consortium including BAE Systems.
Carol said: “You only have to look around you to realise what can be achieved by engineering, whether it is the cars we drive, the gadgets we use or the homes we live in, they are all products of engineering.
“A product like Typhoon shows you what can be achieved through world-class engineering and that is why I believe it is so important that we continue to push STEM subjects with young people. We need to act today to ensure we get the engineers of tomorrow.”
Alongside the television presenter to meet the schoolchildren at RIAT was Flt Lt Noel Rees, the RAF pilot hand-picked to show off the skills of the Typhoon at air shows throughout Europe this summer.
Earlier this year, Carol flew in to Warton where BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information (MAI) business assembles Typhoons, to launch its new engineering higher apprenticeship, due to begin next year aimed at A-Level students.
It is one of a number of schemes run by the company to boost the number of high-quality engineers in the country.