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Record breaking attendance at Franklin's 5th Annual STEM Conference inspires next generation of STEM innovators

5th Annual STEM & Progression Event 2024


Franklin welcomed over 2,000 students to the 5th Annual STEM Conference and Progression Event on Thursday, March 7th.

This year's event saw record numbers, with 15 schools from across the region and 450 Franklin Students take part in our immersive STEM Conference. Followed by our Careers and Progression Fair in the evening with 95 exhibitors, 25 interactive talks attended by 1,690 visitors.

100% of the students expressed how they'd 'increased their understanding of future job opportunities' and 'learnt about new companies, jobs, and degrees they had not heard about before'​.


The annual event delivered an immersive experience for students, featuring a diverse array of over 25 interactive workshops delivered by a range of employers and universities, with all sessions designed to spark interest and inspire innovation in young people. From Physiotherapy to Engineering, Renewables to Food Science, Medicine to Cosmetic Science, Games Development to Mathematical Modelling, students got hands-on in a number of exciting sessions delivered by Hull University who are the main sponsor of the event, RWE, Orsted, ORE Catapult, and many more.


Franklin Executive Principal and CEO Peter Kennedy said: “Working collaboratively with schools, universities, and employers to hold an event like this is absolutely crucial for fostering the growth of STEM in the region. The event has been bigger and better than ever before, and it has been wonderful to witness these young people being so inspired by the amazing activities that have taken place today.


“From initially welcoming five schools in the first year to fifteen schools this year, along with hundreds of Year 10s and our Year 12s the event has grown significantly. In total, we have welcomed over 2000 visitors to the STEM and Progression event, which is truly remarkable. I am immensely proud of all those who have contributed to the event to make it such a success, and I would like to thank the schools, employers, and universities for their invaluable support throughout.”


Guest speaker at the event, Corrine Barry, Director of RWE's East Coast Net Zero added, “Events like these at Franklin are paramount to the industry as a whole and the Humber. More events like these need to be held nationally. Being able to connect with students is key to providing solutions to the problems we have in the sector and fostering an environment where we can grow and continue to be world leaders.”


Following the fantastic STEM activities, students had the opportunity to participate in the Annual Careers and Progression Evening, which featured over 90 employers, apprentice providers, and universities from across the country. Throughout the evening, students received invaluable advice and guidance to help them shape their future paths after completing their time at Franklin. Informative talks covering topics such as Finance, the benefits of Russell Group universities, law, and apprenticeships were a highlight of the evening program. This year, the event saw the addition of a new Health Village, a dedicated space within the Theatre hosting health-focused providers and employers, offering specialist advice to those thinking of a career in the health sector.


Click here to read more about our Annual STEM Conference: 

STEM 2024 Brochure