Celebrating our history

Based in the Tees Valley the Stockton to Darlington Railway is very local history.

We are delighted to share that S&DR200 – a heritage and arts festival – will take place from March to November 2025 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the world’s first passenger and goods train journey, which took place on the Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) in 1825.   

The festival will celebrate this globally significant journey which gave birth to the modern railway, whilst looking to the future.  It hopes to attract 1.5 million visitors from all over the UK and the world to events and exhibitions in the public spaces and world-class museums of County Durham and the Tees Valley.

The full programme of events will be announced in September 2024. Until then feel free to sign up to their newsletter to be part of S&DR200!  

Engineering a Brighter Tees Valley

Our Chair, Paula, was delighted to hear about the status and future of skills in the Tees Valley yesterday.

Paula was one of only three people who got to ask the prospective candidates at the North East Chamber of Commerce Husting a question.

She also got to speak to Zoe Lewis CBE at the event hosted by Middlesbrough College and found out how great this Tees Valley institution is doing as the biggest supplied of school leaver engineering courses in the country.

Engineering Together presented to InstMC

Our Chair Paula was delighted at the opportunity to spread the message that we need to Engineering Together more for a sustainable future workforce at the North East Institution of Measurement and Control annual dinner.

Many thanks to our EngTog member John Noon for the opportunity.

EngTog working together at the Tyne Bridge

Our Chair was engineering together with the ICE, Common Room and Tyne Bridge team at the opening of the Tyne Bridge Visitor Centre (Tyne Bridge – Restoring an Icon) and the unveiling of the Dorothy Buchanan Plaque (Plaque unveiled to honour female member of Tyne Bridge design team — Tyne Bridge – Restoring an Icon).

This collaborative approach to using history to highlight the diversity issues today, working together, community liaison, thinking of wildlife and of course technical engineering challenges all make us very happy at EngTog.

Apprenticeship Oscar win for Paula

Our chair Paula was given the Apprenticeship Champion Award in this years national awards.

NEAAN Co-Chair, Ian Green, said: “Paula is phenomenally dedicated and supremely talented and I can’t think of a more deserving winner of this national honour.

Read about it at National honours for North East Ambassadors – North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (neaan.org.uk)

And during National Apprenticeship Week 2024 consider becoming an ambassador yourself – The Apprentice Ambassador Network – North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (neaan.org.uk)

St Peters asked some great questions

Paula visited this wonderful Brotton School.

Both classes asked lots of questions and there were lots of questions about being an Engineer.

Thank you to the Cleveland Scientific Institution who funded the printing of the books which were left behind for the students to read.

A special visit to KTS

The lovely students at Kilton Thorpe School Academy made me feel very welcome.

We chatted about all things engineering, road maintenance and careers before picking a book to read as a group.

Mr Race’s class choose Lottie Loves Water and we had some fantastic chats about Jo’s work repairing pipes. Miss Smith’s class choose Lotties Lockdown Adventure and conversations including being resilient and how engineers design for earthquakes.

I met some lovely students including a future author 🙂 Many of the students were keen to select their favourite Lottie Doll and of course try on a hard hat.

Leaving printed books means the conversations can continue thanks to the Cleveland Scientific Institution.

Thanks Galley Hill for a warm welcome on a cold day

Our Chair, Paula, has a lovely visit to Galley Hill Primary School today.

Each of the four classes talked about different things like litter picking, not wasting things, what to do for careers and even meteors!

Three of the classes chose Lottie Loves Water to read. We found out all about Jo’s work as a Civil Engineer who is helping to save water. You can find out about how to get your own copies of the Lottie Books at Lottie – Engineering Together.

As always many thanks to the Cleveland Scientific Institution who funded the book printing; over 250 books have been given away to Tees Valley school children in 10 schools. To date over 1300 children have benefited from book readings and assemblies due to these visits.

Multiple success for our EngTog members

Some of our EngTog members are the most active in the industry as ambassadors. It is nice that Paula, our Chair, and Jo, our Diversity Champion have been recognised in recent awards. These show the value placed on the work we do at Engineering Together and how this influence wider society.

Well done Jo for receiving the The Isabel Hardwich Medal is awarded to a Women’s Engineering Society Member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the Society over a number of years and gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Paula has been awarded the Warren Medal from the ICE in recognition of valuable service rendered to his or her region, the CECA Lifetime Achievement Award and has been crowned the 2023 Royal Air Force Apprenticeship Champion of the Year Award.

You too can learn why awards matter and how to influence through them by watching our webinar at https://youtu.be/7kYT_Hi-M-U?si=TjzJi3YKCt6Doh5Y