Call for Collaboration - EngineeringUK Chief Executive calls for joined-up school careers engagement to close the engineering education gap.
Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, today called for increased collaboration across the engineering community to inspire today’s school children to become tomorrow’s engineers. Speaking at the Tomorrow’s Engineers Careers and Outreach Conference, he stressed the importance of uniting efforts to make maximum impact in the provision of engineering Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools.
“With the future demand for engineers at all levels growing, and the provision of careers guidance left up to individual schools, the need for the engineering community to pool its efforts and resources to ensure young people understand the opportunities available in engineering, and the routes into them, has never been greater. A project team with representatives from a range of Professional Engineering Institutions is currently working together to develop a set of careers resources for use by the whole engineering community, giving young people, their teachers and parents clear, consistent information about engineering careers.
“Too often in the past, engineering outreach activity has been little more than a day off the usual timetable for many pupils and while they may have had a great time, the link to future careers has been lost. Robust evaluation of our programmes enables us to measure impact, identify what works and continuously improve. We’re making the evaluation element of our Tomorrow’s Engineers outreach initiative available to others, ensuring we’re all raising our game to provide the standard essential to help young people make informed choices about careers in engineering.”
The conference, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering, brought together professionals involved in careers engagement from government, business, professional bodies and education to share best practice and identify opportunities for improvement through collaboration.
Looking at existing models of engagement, such as The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers, the conference combined talks, panel sessions and workshops to explore issues in current CEIAG, including practical and technical learning, digital engagement and methods of evaluation.
Paul Jackson said: “The conference was a fantastic opportunity for those committed to careers engagement in schools. The take-home message from the conference was ‘collaboration’. Only by working together can we make a real difference to young people’s lives - and the UK’s engineering talent-pipeline.”
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EngineeringUK is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills. For more information about EngineeringUK please visit www.EngineeringUK.com