Guests included local teachers, school principals, business leaders and civic heads, all of whom were bowled over by the programme with everyone keen to explore how they can support LaunchPad.
The large display of current engineering prowess made a great backdrop for the event and attracted much interest – this included multiple aircraft and helicopters, some fantastic new cars (amongst which included the new Land Rover Discovery Sport), a brilliant display of the University of Cambridge Solar Car and a 3D printer in action.
Guests were greeted by a number of LaunchPad ambassadors, as well as Marshall directors and the LaunchPad team. Throughout the evening speeches were given by the Marshall Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Marshall, the LaunchPad Project Manager Anna Davanzo and two team members Charlotte Bidwell and Andrew Tingey.
Over 100 guests jattended on the night, making the networking session a huge success, with multiple schools and business pledging their support to LaunchPad – a scheme they are sure will be a huge success. The team says: "We look forward to working closely with the schools and many businesses in the very near future – with the aim of helping students be part of something special."
What is LaunchPad?
The Marshall LaunchPad Scholarship has been developed by a group of young engineers working for Marshall.
It is aimed at providing support, experiences and opportunities of engineering and related topics for those aged 8 to 18.
The scheme has been developed in order to support and contribute to the growing demand for engineers.
Marshall LaunchPad aims to inspire and enthuse young people about engineering. The programme is also looking to remove stigmas around engineering and to increase diversity.
The LaunchPad team designed this Scholarship to reward students through experiences and networks rather than monetary gifts. The students from 8 – 18 will be followed through their school careers and will be encouraged post 18 to join the alumni where they can be an ambassador to Scholars.