Pupils on an engineering project got a huge surprise when a jet engine arrived at Irvine's Elderbanl Primary

GE Caledonian have funded local primary schools to receive teacher training and classroom projects in engineering through the award-winning Primary Engineer.

To celebrate the great work of the pupils and teachers, the schools were stunned at their end-of-project event at Elderbank Primary with a huge example of engineering in action – a jet engine from GE Caledonian’s workshop in Prestwick.

Primary Engineer work with thousands of schools across the UK to promote engineering skills and the many routes into engineering careers.

They believe the key to inspiring the next generation of engineers, manufacturers and inventors lies in bringing industry and schools together – and doing so should start at Primary.

Lise McCaffery, Regional Director of Primary Engineer, attending the event said, ‘Huge congratulations to the pupils and teachers of the schools in North Ayrshire for their great engineering work and many thanks to GE Caledonian for funding our important work in schools.”

GE Caledonian at Prestwick is a full service aero engine overhaul facility originally established in 1980 with decades of experience and skills in critical aero engine support.

Laura McEwen from GE Caledonian said, ‘We are delighted to be working alongside Primary Engineer to help bring Engineering to life to ten local primary schools.

"It is important to us to invest in our potential employees of the future at such a young age and to get them engaged in STEM as early as possible.’