Film showcases work of Harlow Enterprize Zone

News / Mon 8th Dec 2014 at 03:36pm

HARLOW’S contribution to changing people lives through engineering features in a film which was first played at the national innovation and achievement awards held in London last month.

Harlow Enterprise Zone, Harlow College and Raytheon UK all feature in the programme which was produced by ITN Productions. The production called ”Working to Engineer a Better World” was showed to an audience from around the UK at an event organised by IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) on 19 November 2014.

The IET is the professional society for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

The programme aims to promote greater understanding of the role engineering plays in our society and economy. The full version of the film which the IET has distributed to its membership can be viewed at www.theiet.org/policy/media/campaigns/itn.cfm

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky presents the programme, which features many different faces of engineering in the 21st Century – demonstrating how important engineering and technology have become to our everyday lives.

Working to Engineer a Better World celebrates the success of innovative engineering and technology organisations and sends a message to Government that the industry is pivotal to future economic growth. It will also be used to inspire more young people, particularly girls, to pursue a career in engineering – to help address the skills shortage currently facing the industry.

The three and a half minute piece about Harlow includes interviews and sound bites from Harlow College students, Harlow College’s Principal Karen Spencer, Engineering Apprentice Paige Tennison, Bill Jamieson Managing Director Defence at Raytheon UK and the Leader of Harlow Council Jon Clempner.

The Harlow element of the programme has been turned in to a video which will be used to promote Harlow and the Enterprise Zone. The video can be viewed at www.harlowez.org.uk

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “Harlow is no stranger to innovation – it was the birthplace of fibre optic communication, which has changed the way people communicate across the world. Therefore it is right that the town should feature in a film celebrating this industry. With the opportunities now on offer at Harlow College and the University Technical College along with the Enterprise Zone our aim is once again be at the forefront of engineering and technology which changes people’s lives. The video will be used to celebrate the difference local people make to engineering and technology and promote the Enterprise Zone as a place where developing and growing engineering and technology companies, not just from the UK but around the world, should invest.”

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College said “Harlow College makes a valuable contribution to the Science and engineering sector workforce by encouraging students to study the STEM subjects and providing them with the skills and the understanding that makes them work ready. Harlow is ideally placed between London and Cambridge and with the Enterprise Zone and Stansted Airport on our doorstep there are so many exciting opportunities for our students as they enter the job market”.

Nick West, Director of Communications at Raytheon UK said “Raytheon has a long track record in Harlow, which over the decades has significantly enhanced the capability of its customers around the globe. The company has been a true export success export success and we look forward in the coming years to building upon the contribution we make to the local economy.”

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