The Platten family supports Bring It On North East
Bring It On North East has been supported by the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation. The fund was established by Tony and Anne Platten following the sale of their business, and funds activity that helps inspire a new generation of North East engineers.
Tony Platten is a donor to, and patron of, the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. He established the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation in 2014, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of North East engineers. The Community Foundation makes grants from the fund in support of this aim, and as such has supported Bring It On three times now, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Tony is also involved in the organisation of elements of the event.
We asked Tony about his experience of being involved with Bring It On North East:
Tony, you are returning to support Bring It On again this year – what do you find beneficial about the event?
Bring It On North East exposes pupils, and just as importantly teachers, to the real world of engineering companies in the region and what employment opportunities exist.
What did you enjoy about last year’s event the most?
The hands-on experience that pupils do not get at school. Talking to real engineers about what their work entails.
How do you think Bring It On impacts on the engineering/technology industry in the North East?
It brings pupils and teachers into contact with cutting-edge companies that they may not have even known existed in our region.
How did you feel about talking to school kids and passing on your knowledge and expertise?
As a retired engineer, I wasn’t a stallholder as such, and my personal contact with the kids was therefore limited. The most important aspect of the exhibition was that a lot of the engineers in attendance were young themselves - they can give a much more relevant and inspiring view of the engineering world to kids, not much younger than themselves, than I could.
What are your expectations for this year’s event?
That it will expand and continue to inspire more school children to consider and embark on careers in engineering.
I’d like to thank all the companies that support the event – the ‘real world’ nature of the event is what makes it so attractive!