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Government highlights impact of EngineeringUK programmes

Speaking at the CBI Conference on 19 November, the Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, took the opportunity to commend The Big Bang Fair and Tomorrow’s Engineers for helping to ensure that the UK has the engineering skills it needs in the future.

Speaking at the CBI Conference on 19 November, the Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, took the opportunity to commend The Big Bang Fair and Tomorrow’s Engineers for helping to ensure that the UK has the engineering skills it needs in the future.

Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, said: “It’s great to be recognised for the important role we play in inspiring the UK’s next generation of engineers. Engineering is central to the UK economy and we can only realise our ambitions for growth by reaching out now to the young people who will be our engineers tomorrow.
 
“Our programmes are unparalleled in their collaborative approach, working across government, business, education, professional bodies and the wider engineering community to put the learner at the heart of everything we do, taking joined-up action that delivers impact at a national level.”
 
The Rt. Hon. Vince Cable acknowledged the ‘very successful Big Bang Fair’ for its collaboration with over 170 organisations to inspire young people, drawing 56,000 visitors to its flagship event in Birmingham in March 2012.
 
Commenting on the commitment of manufacturers and professional bodies to reach-out to inspire and inform young people, Rt. Hon. Vince Cable highlighted Tomorrow’s Engineers for its approach to school outreach: “It is gratifying also to see EngineeringUK’s ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’ programme take this to the next level, by helping companies and academies join forces to engineer a vital step change in perceptions for the long-term” he said.


EngineeringUK programmes

The Big Bang programme exists to show young people the range and number of exciting and rewarding opportunities available to them with the right experience and qualifications. The Big Bang brings to life the exciting possibilities that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics backgrounds. Launched in 2009, it has grown to consist of the UK fair – now the largest youth event in the UK – and The Big Bang Near Me, a programme of national, national, regional, local and school events.
 
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a careers programme led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, delivered through a broad partnership between business and industry, the engineering profession, activity delivery organisations and schools. Its objectives are improve awareness about engineering and what engineers do among pupils, their teachers and parents; enthuse young people about engineering and the career opportunities available; and encourage young people to make the subject choices that keep open the routes into a career in engineering.
 
To find out more about EngineeringUK and its programmes contact John Halton on jhalton@engineeringUK.com or visit www.engineeringuk.com
 
 
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Notes to editors
 
The CBI Conference took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday 19 November 2012. Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP’s speech can be read in full on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ website here
 
 
EngineeringUK
 
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