Engineering Development Trust

An independent registered charity established in 1984, the Engineering Development Trust runs schemes to inspire and motivate young people to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The NNL supports the EDT over a number of initiatives:

Engineering Education Scheme (England and Scotland)

To help provide young people with an insight into the world of engineering, the NNL delivers funding and employee support to the EDT Engineering Education Scheme.

The scheme links teams of year 12 students and their teachers with local companies to work on real scientific, engineering and technical problems. During the six-month project phase, students are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation while gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management.

NNL directly supported three schemes established in 2009/10. The first saw the NNL build on a long standing relationship with Cockermouth School in Cumbria. In the second, the NNL worked with the Manchester Grammar School and the third with St Benedict's High School in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

The engineering challenges presented to the teams of four pupils included the thermal analysis of a storage facility for critical case life assessment and acoustic monitoring of nuclear processes. Each of the three schemes was judged extremely successful and also helped NNL employees working towards accreditation to the professional institutions.