AYRSHIRE second year pupils are being asked to apply for a space on an exclusive engineering course being run at Strathclyde University.

The Young WEIR:WISE programme offers an introduction to engineering at the university with the hope that the pupils enjoy it and consider it as a career and study choice.

But anyone who wants to apply should be quick as there are only 150 spaces available on the virtual course that sees the students take part in online practical assignments.

The Young WEIR:WISE programme began in 2015 in association with the Weir Group when the Engineering the Future for Girls was a summer school which then grew into the new programme for S2 students.

During the lockdown this was transformed into a virtual course and at the moment will continue to be so when it runs in 2022.

The course will see pupils work with staff at the University and the team from The Weir Group who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering.

They will also be issued in advance with a Young WEIR-WISE ‘Lab Kit’ to take part remotely in practical activities which staff will guide them through during the online sessions.

A spokesperson for the programme said: “The Faculty of Engineering, in partnership with the Weir Group are delighted to offer the Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls programme which is designed to inspire young female students to discover the excitement and personal satisfaction behind a career in engineering.

“We received excellent feedback from pupils who attended the virtual 2021 programme and certainly hope to see the same enthusiasm for the 2022 offering.”

Applications are now open and the deadline will be November 1, to apply visit www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/weir-wise/