20th February 2023


The Smallpeice Trust is pleased to announce the publication of its Annual Report for 2021/22 which showcases the amazing work achieved by the Trust and its partners during this academic year. The report focuses on the Trust's impact in delivering interactive learning opportunities to encourage children to study STEM subjects and go into a career in engineering. Working in collaboration with partners and funders, the Trust aims to address the shortfall of UK engineers and help to create an engineering workforce more representative of the population.

Dr Alan Begg, Chairman, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

"The UK has a recognised shortage of engineers. Whichever branch of STEM students might study at school, the sciences, maths or computation, there is a rich and rewarding role awaiting in engineering. We need to dare our young people to imagine what a difference they could make to the wealth and well-being of our nation.

I must take this opportunity to thank our partners for their support through the difficult times we have all faced. Corporate partners, charities, teachers, universities, alumni, parents, and, of course, our dedicated staff have all helped to make possible our goal of reaching nearly 60,000 young people to develop their life, leadership and engineering skill."

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

"From the team's working patterns, to our delivery model across the Trust's programmes, the 2021/22 academic year has been about moving to a hybrid approach. We have seen a return to face-to-face delivery and continued with a complementary virtual offering. This is allowing us to increase the schools we can reach and offer more flexibility for the students we work with.

Our partners are an essential part of everything we do at the Trust - providing much needed funding, academic delivery, mentors, and role models. It is by working together we can help close the STEM Skills gap and inspire the next generation. As we look ahead to 2022/23, we look forward to working with our current partners and new ones to reach even more young people as we approach the Trust's 60th Birthday."

The Smallpeice Trust's year in numbers:

  • Nearly 60,000 students inspired to take part in activities
  • Over 50% female and non-binary students
  • Nearly 60% of participants now more likely to consider engineering
  • Over 1,000 schools and 36,000 pupils benefited from a STEM activity
  • 24 engineering courses reached over 1,000 students
  • 295 new Arkwright Engineering Scholarships awarded
  • Over 100 partners funding our activities

You can download a copy of our Annual Report here.


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