The UK graduate team recently held a "Caterpillar on Campus" event at Nottingham University. The day was packed full of opportunities to meet students and talk about careers at Caterpillar.
The Caterpillar graduate team started their day joining a lesson hosted by Nottingham University to educate Year 9 children (age 14) on what they would need to study if they were interested in engineering. Simon Collins, Future Talent development manager at Caterpillar, was invited to speak to the children about careers in engineering, bringing a variety of opportunities to life for the young group.
Once the lesson finished, the Engineering Learning and Science Centre (ELSC) was buzzing with excitement at the presentation of the first Caterpillar scholarships to six undergraduates at the University of Nottingham. Rang Lee, Ziyad Yehia, Bernadeta Tobiasiewicz, Rachel Taylor, Ivan Glautier and David Dewar, all undergraduates studying mechanical, design, electrical or electronic engineering, received scholarships in a presentation from Collins and Professor Phil Shipway, assistant dean of engineering at Nottingham University.
Nottingham is one of five universities in the UK to benefit from the scholarships, which is part of Caterpillar's ongoing commitment to sustainable education and the Caterpillar Foundation's investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, helping increase the UK pipeline of talent in these critical fields.
The investment will be used predominantly to provide student support for learning in engineering and will remain in place for the duration of their studies. It will also go toward a number of engineering "taster days," such as the one held at Nottingham, which will be targeted at children from disadvantaged areas and will also contribute toward an engineering, maths and computer science summer school.
Throughout the day, the UK graduate recruitment team spoke to more than 150 undergraduates at the university who took part in the Caterpillar challenge where students were invited to operate a mini excavator and use the machine to place two rugby balls into a bucket - the fastest time won tickets to a Leicester Tigers game.