Encouraging children to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is something that Barrett Steel Ltd feel extremely strongly about. Following an approach from a secondary school asking for steel to use in lessons, Barrett Steel were honoured to be asked to get involved and are keen to support the education of young people nationwide, where they can.
Donating excess product to help with the education of the future engineers seemed like an excellent idea, and a way in which this long-established family company could have a positive impact on their local communities.
Jason Brister, Head of Art, Design and Technology at Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, was the one to first make the approach and said: “Starting in September 2018 we are introducing a new Engineering course for our GCSE students and I reached out to local companies that may be able to support our faculty with charitable donations of steel, copper, brass or aluminium offcuts.”
Barrett Steel’s depot in Scunthorpe, Kass Steel Stockholders were put in touch and invited school staff to visit and examine some suitable pieces for their project needs.
“We were delighted to be put in touch with Kass,” continued Brister. “And are confident that their input will have a positive impact on our students’ learning. We have fought for two years for Engineering to be included in the curriculum, so this support is invaluable to help our engineers of the future.”
Tom Barrett, Commerical Director of Barrett Steel, said: “STEM subjects are the core of our business and our customers’. Anything we can do to assist the skillset of our local communities is fundamental to the industry’s advancement.”
Barrett Steel have 27 depots nationwide, (including Northern Ireland and Scotland) and will aim to support similar courses and initiatives where they can.