New App Launches to Inspire Next Generation of Engineers

Leading figures in engineering and politics recently joined up with students, apprentices and graduates for the launch of a new engineering mobile phone application.

The ACE Trails app draws attention to the remarkable engineering behind locations such as Kings Cross with the aim of drawing young people towards the trade.

Londons Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, the Chairman of Crossrail, and Network Rails Chief Executive led the launch event. They were joined by pupils from Hackney University Technical College - who helped test software and recent graduates embarking on engineering careers.

Taylor Woodrows Ella Secker, a former sponsored student who worked on the Kings cross redevelopment, was also a featured speaker.

Speaking at the launch, the projects manager, Jane Calvert-Lee, said: Right across the industry there is a need to attract talented young people. We face fierce competition from other industries for the brightest students, especially as many young people dont know how exciting engineering is. This app will help young people and their families find out about the engineering behind their everyday lives and what a career in engineering might look like.

The new app, which provides an augmented reality walking tour of Kings Cross, plays fifteen videos made by engineers describing the engineering work that has gone into transforming and regenerating the area.