ABP Lowestoft and James Fisher PLC inspire next generation of marine engineers

Lowestoft Engineering Group

A group of students from Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Norfolk were invited to the Port of Lowestoft as part of a collaboration between ABP and James Fisher and Sons PLC to raise awareness around the wide range of engineering careers available in the maritime sector.

During the visit, the group of 15, ranging between 14-15 years of age, had the opportunity to meet engineers working at the port and learn first-hand about their day-to-day workflow and the important role played by problem solving skills in the industry. Students were also able to hear more about the career paths available in the sector and the competencies necessary for success. 

Following their arrival, the students were separated into three smaller learning groups, with each team focusing on a specific part of the port. One of the groups visited the Bascule Bridge Control Tower, in order to find out more about the mechanics behind its operation and was fortunate enough to see the bridge in action.

The key aim of this educational initiative, which is part of ABP and James Fisher plc’s drive to raise awareness around the important role played by engineering in society, is to inspire a greater number of young people to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director, said: “Together with our valued customer James Fisher and Sons plc, we were pleased to welcome this group of inquisitive local students to our port for an educational tour.

“A career in marine engineering offers an incredible range of rewards and allows you to have a real impact on the world around you. We hope that what they have learned today has planted the seeds for many of them to blossom into the creative and innovative engineers we need to keep Britain trading in the future.”