Engineers of the future praised by MP


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies praised the work of budding engineers during the Lytham Rotary Club Technology Tournament.

This year’s event saw 43 teams from schools and colleges across the Fylde coast take part in the challenge, which involved building a battery powered vehicle that was then able to complete a set task.

Mr Menzies spoke to a number of youngsters and highlighted the importance of engineering careers to the UK’s future during a speech before the final awards ceremony.

The Member of Parliament added: “I spoke to one of the judges who won this tournament when he was younger and now has an important job within the nuclear industry. That just goes to show where these types of challenges can lead.

“In Fylde we have many highly-skilled engineers working at BAE Systems and Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels, as well as a number of smaller companies which carry out excellent work in many different industries.

“During my time as Member of Parliament I have visited a great many of them and always been impressed by the dedication of staff who find their work fulfilling and rewarding.

“During my speech I wanted to make it clear to the young people there how important engineers are to the future of Britain and that it is vital well-trained people are in place to fill those roles for years to come.

“This is a Government which has been a huge advocate of the apprenticeship system and I believe it is an excellent way of earning money while learning highly-skilled and well-paid trades which will last a lifetime.”


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP and Fylde Mayor Coun Kevin Eastham present award to a team from AKS Lytham

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