Pave Aways is hoping to recreate its success of 2019 in this year’s Shropshire Star STEM Schools Challenge.

Managing Director Steven Owen aims to continue his winning partnership with a group from Whitchurch’s Sir John Talbot School while Design Manager Keeley Fox will once again team up with students from The Marches School in Oswestry.

Last year, the Whitchurch school won the Entrepreneurial Team Award whilst Keeley picked up the Mentor Award.

Steven said: “It was a privilege to be part of the STEM Challenge and work with these groups of young people last year. Their ingenuity, passion and hard work was a joy to experience so we are delighted to be able to partner with Sir John Talbot School and The Marches again.

“The feedback from students, teachers and parents following last year’s event was incredibly positive and we are looking forward to guiding the teams through the challenge over the next six months. We can’t wait to get to work with the teams and see what ideas they come up with.”

We have a proud tradition of inspiring the next generation through our work in schools. As well as the STEM challenge, we hold talks and takes part in careers events at schools and colleges across Shropshire and Mid Wales. We also have an active schools and further education work experience programme.

Steven said: “One of the key priorities at Pave Aways is to inspire the next generation of construction workers so our county can continue to benefit from a workforce capable of delivering high quality construction, which in turn will support a strong and stable economy.

“Our industry relies heavily on science and technology at every stage of a build from concept through to construction and completion, making us ideally placed to encourage young people to take an interest in STEM subjects and how to experience how they can be applied practically. The Shropshire Star challenge is a great way to do that.”