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Worcester Editorial 10th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A GROUP of engineering hopefuls were given the chance to visit one of Europe’s most advanced manufacturers.

Bosses at Yamazaki Mazak, on Badgeworth Drive, invited youngsters to a week long course organised by Roaming Robots and The Prince’s Trust, as part of their Get Started with Robots programme.

The course was funded as a pilot project, using a £500,000 donation from Black Eyes Peas front man Will.I.Am to The Prince’s Trust in 2012, and aims to help young people design their own robot while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills.

Marcus Burton, European group managing director at Mazak, said: “It was a real pleasure to host the Get Started with Robots programme at our Worcester facility.

“I hope the young people’s experiences at Mazak will act as a stimulus to spur them on to develop their interest in STEM and open up new opportunities.”

Neil Parker, programme manager at The Prince’s Trust, added: “Through the Get Started programme we’re aiming to help those with an interest in a career in STEM subjects but may not have had access to the necessary qualifications.

“I’d like to extend my thanks on behalf of The Prince’s trust to all at Yamazaki Mazak for opening their doors to the group and taking the time to give them an insight into life inside a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”

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