Year of Engineering launched

Posted on 25 Jan 2018 and read 579 times
Year of Engineering launchedThe Year of Engineering — a ‘pioneering’ campaign intended to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession — was launched on 15 January.

Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering — and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people.

The campaign says engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth.

“There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents — and a lack of diversity in the sector. The workforce is 91% male and 94% white.”

The new campaign is aimed at filling the skills gap and changing misconceptions, and will see the Government and around 1,000 partners “deliver a million inspiring experiences of engineering for young people, parents and teachers”.

Activities will include: a Siemens See Women roadshow (pictured) aimed at inspiring women — including more black, Asian and minority-ethnic girls — to pursue STEM careers; and a brand-new children’s book on engineering from Usborne.

The Science Museum and London Transport Museum will be providing interactive exhibitions; and schools will get the chance to go behind the scenes at Airbus to meet engineers working on the Mars Rover.

Meanwhile, Thales will be inspiring inventors of the future with robot clubs in primary schools; and James Dyson — through the Dyson Institute, the James Dyson Foundation and the James Dyson Award — will continue to invest in inspiring young engineers by providing opportunities to apply engineering principles to projects that solve real-world problems.

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Engineers — whether they are working on cutting-edge technology in aerospace, energy or artificial intelligence — are vital to the lifeblood of our economy.

"We want to show young people and their parents the immense creativity, opportunity and value of the profession.

“By bringing them face to face with engineering role models and achievements, we can send a clear message that engineering careers are a chance for all young people — regardless of gender, ethnicity or social background — to shape the future of this country and have a real impact on the lives of those around them.”

Also supporting the Year of Engineering, with a written pledge to the Prime Minister, is the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which “represents the companies that make and supply the technology that manufacturers use to create and make the world around us”.

The MTA’s CEO, James Selka, said: “The UK has a world-wide reputation for engineering ingenuity and is at the forefront of technological breakthroughs that are shaping the world we live in.

“It is our responsibility to champion engineering’s present and future. All of the companies, suppliers, institutions and funders who have signed our pledge recognise how vital it is that we attract new talent into the engineering sector; by working together, we can amplify support for this excellent project.”

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