A KINGSWINFORD tech company that is pioneering the creation of driverless vehicles threw open its doors to children and their parents as part of a drive to get more young people interested in engineering.

Westfield Technology Group, one of the UK’s leading autonomous vehicle providers and known globally for its niche sports cars, welcomed 65 children and their parents to its HQ on Gibbons Industrial Park in Dudley Road on August 3 as part of this year’s Engineering Open House Day.

Organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the event allowed visitors to experience the world of engineering first-hand and to get an insight into the reality of careers on offer in the field.

By highlighting the important role engineers play in everyday life, and the creativity and diversity of work in the sector, the event aims to inspire and motivate youngsters to explore careers in engineering and technology - and encourage parents to support their kids in nurturing their curiosity.

Nigel Fine, IET chief executive, said: "With 2018 officially declared the Year of Engineering, there’s never been a better time to engage with and inspire children and parents to help them better understand how exciting and diverse a career in engineering can be.

“The research highlights a knowledge gap about the engineering profession, so it’s important that we continue to work together and change these outdated views of what engineering is perceived to be.

"Engineering Open House Day offers a unique opportunity to visit some of the UK’s most exciting and innovative brands and learn how engineering sits at the heart of many things we know and use.”