National Space Centre and Nylacast launch mission to develop future scientists and engineers

Nylacast has become one of the first sponsors of the National Space Centre’s IGNITE scheme, focused on developing future scientists and engineers.

IGNITE is the National Space Centre’s Community Engagement programme with a mission to get people excited about space and help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers by providing new opportunities to young people in Leicester who may not otherwise have the means to embark on pathways to school, college and university courses.

Chas Bishop, chief executive of the National Space Centre, said: “This programme will give wonderful opportunities for young people in Leicester to enjoy exciting activities that will boost their confidence in a broad range of topics and help guide them onto new life pathways.”

Nylacast manufactures safety critical engineering components developed from advanced engineering materials and used in industries from automotive, marine and energy, through to pharmaceutical, defence and construction equipment.With their World Headquarters located in Leicester the firm is committed to nurturing and retaining local talent in the city.

Mussa Mahomed, Group CEO of Nylacast, said: “Located in Leicester since day one, there is great synergy between Nylacast and the National Space Centre, from our close proximity and technology focused background, to our shared commitment to develop the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.”

Taking on eight to 10 apprentices per year, Nylacast’s in-house Engineering Training Academy has developed over 40 students into fully qualified engineers.The Academy also spends thousands of hours per annum up-skilling team members, providing opportunities for students and frequently visiting and hosting schools, colleges and universities to promote careers in science and engineering.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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