Old boy returns to school to inspire next generation
A FORMER pupil stopped by his old school in Torquay to inspire the next generation of professionals.
Dr Philip Mitchell visited St Cuthbert Mayne School and spoke about the benefits of studying technology, science and engineering.
He discussed employment options as part of the school's first careers fair.
Dr Mitchell is an ambassador for Stemnet, a voluntary organisation which creates opportunities to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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Cuthbert Mayne has specialist mathematics status.
The visit was such a success that one of the pupils, Joshua Stuckey Howard, was invited to spend a week at Oclaro Technology, where Dr Mitchell is a principal advisor, gaining industrial experience.
Dr Mitchell said: "As the UK industry moves away from traditional manufacturing roles and the world becomes a globalised market place without boundaries, there is a need for the next generation to consider and train in more specialised disciplines such as science, technology and engineering.
"Careers in these disciplines can be very rewarding and offer great life opportunities.
"Advances in communications no longer require an individual to move away to work in the big city, successful professional careers can be made here in the South West.
"A job for life no longer exists, but nobody can take away your qualifications and experience, which have great value and are transportable."
Dr Mitchell, who is also a former pupil of Torre School, grew up in the area during the 1970s and today continues to live and work in Torbay.
Now a chartered engineer, he regularly attends international conferences to promote advances in technology, science and engineering.