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Mark Rutherford Business Partnership Breakfast

Date & Time: 13/05/2015 8:00 am - 9:30 am | Location: Mark Rutherford School

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The focus for our next Business Partners’ Breakfast meeting held at Mark Rutherford on the 13th May is our Young Engineers Programme. Speakers will include Tracy Jakins, STEM coordinator at Mark Rutherford School, and Eleanor Marcham and Paul Vann from Bedford Borough Council’s Economic Development Unit. They will be speaking about Engineering in Bedfordshire, and how the Borough is working with schools and businesses to close the gap in the skills market.

We are also inviting representatives from Bedford’s local engineering companies to take the opportunity to come along and talk with the students about working in engineering and routes into this field. We are asking representatives from engineering companies to bring along a mystery object that they use in their business as a catalyst for the conversation.

If you are part of an engineering company and would like to be involved in our Business Partnership more details are available from Kath Unwin, Careers coordinator at Mark Rutherford School:

Tel: 01234 290200,  Email:

Engineering skills shortage

A recent survey from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) stated that:

“The need for at least 87,000 new engineers each year in the UK means that it is ‘critical’ that this shortage is addressed”.

We are one of just 10 schools that are participating in the ‘2020 STEM scholarship programme’ set up by 3 local educational charities: Arkwright Scholarship Trust, Villiers Park Educational Trust and Smallpiece Trust with generous funding from ARM, one of the world’s biggest multinational semiconductor and software design companies. The aims of the programme are to foster a passion for STEM subjects in young people; to support everyday classroom practice in schools and colleges and to work intensively with able students from less advantaged backgrounds to raise their attainment, study skills, aspirations and self-confidence.

Mark Rutherford has developed a programme to spark students’ interest in STEM subjects, and is working closely with local engineering companies to run a very successful mentoring scheme, as well as other initiatives such as the Electric Car Project.

If you would like to support our work by becoming a mentor, joining the Business Partnership, offering work placements or in any other way we would love to hear from you. Please contact

Kath Unwin, Careers coordinator at Mark Rutherford School: Tel: 01234 290200 Email: