Business leaders have been inspiring engineers of the future in work with schools.
North Shields based Quick Hydraulics is one of a number of businesses involved in the Primary Engineer North East cluster, which aims to introduce pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 to engineering and stir an interest in the subject.
Staff Rob Harrison and Dale Tansley have been working with Monkseaton Middle and Appletree Gardens First schools on various projects.
And Monkseaton Middle was recently runner-up in a Primary Engineer regional competition after building an electric vehicle.
Quick Hydraulics managing director Andrew Easton said: “It is vital for the future of our industry to inspire the next generation.
“By introducing the option of engineering at such a young age, the children’s interest in the subject can grow organically.”