Engineering Task Group


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The Task Group includes among others, local employers Marshall-Tufflex Ltd, Akro Valve Ltd, General Dynamics, Photek and Brightwell Dispensers Ltd. From education and training there are representatives from the East Sussex College Group, Plumpton College, Sussex STEM, Culture Shift CIC and the University of Brighton. The Task Group is joint chaired by Dan Shelley of East Sussex College Group and a new chair to be elected soon.

Current Activity

The Task Group members are engaged on the following to improve awareness of engineering:

  • Sussex STEM is applying on behalf of the Engineering Task Group to the Royal Academy of Engineers to their Ingenious Awards Programme. The proposal would engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with the skills and opportunities to participate in public engagement.
  • Another key member of the Task Group, Culture Shift, are leading a project called ‘Your Town’. Funded through the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Fund, this will enable secondary and college age young people in Hastings, Eastbourne and Newhaven meet with engineers to find out more about what they do.
Dan Shelley
Dan Shelley

Dan Shelley Joint Chair of the Engineering Task Group

Dan has worked in education, social and economic regeneration in the Sussex area for over 15 years. Dan leads on apprenticeships, Higher Education, marketing and communications, external partnerships and relationships and International business for the college Group. Dan co-chairs the Engineering and Construction sub-groups to ensure there are better links between employer and educators to drive economic growth and productivity in these key sectors. In his spare time Dan enjoys spending time with his family, running and is a long suffering Derby County FC fan.

Task Group Priorities for 2020

Engineering employers within East Sussex are keen to see this Task Group help raise the level of interest and awareness of engineering among young people and adults. In addition to employers this Task Group is fortunate to have Sussex STEM as a member. This team delivers contracts such as the STEM Ambassador programme which enables young people to engage with local employers from the STEM sector, for example in STEM Clubs in schools and the Big Bang event at Ardingly which will be happening in July 2020.

For the Careers Campaign 2020–21 the Task Group have agreed that the following roles need to be prioritised;

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Processing Technician
  • Vehicle Engineer

Engineering Task Group Minutes

Please find below the minutes of the last four Task Group Meetings.

1. Meeting held at County Hall, Lewes January 2020

2. Meeting held at the Eastbourne Campus of East Sussex College Group,

October 2019

3. Meeting held at the Eastbourne Campus of East Sussex College Group,

June 2019

4 .Meeting held at Marshall-Tufflex, Hastings,

March 2019