National Careers Council report pin-points partnership with The Big Bang

EngineeringUK welcomes the National Careers Council’s report on careers provision, launched on 5 June. The report “An Aspirational Nation: Creating a culture change in careers provision” reflects EngineeringUK’s drive to provide face to face careers guidance from Year 7 onwards and demonstrates a commitment to improving Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in line with EngineeringUK’s work within the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community.

The report emphasises in particular the challenges faced by businesses looking to employ people with STEM expertise, highlighting The Big Bang programme for ‘motivating by experience’ and providing young people with insights into different STEM careers.

The report calls on the National Careers Service to partner with The Big Bang programme to support STEM careers engagement for young people.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK which leads The Big Bang, said:

“The report’s recommendations have potential to affect a sea change in the way we support young people in careers education. They provide a blueprint for a new culture in careers provision; one that is fit for purpose - providing tailored face to face guidance from Year 7.

“The Big Bang Fair started as an event and is now a movement, developing a culture which celebrates and promotes science, technology, engineering and maths and encourages young people to pursue STEM careers. Over the same period in which the National Careers Service helpline received 34,000 phone calls from young people, The Big Bang and schools engagement programme Tomorrow’s Engineers reached over 130,000 young people with face to face messages about STEM careers.

“We look forward to working with the National Careers Service to change the culture of careers provision for the better, and for the long-term.”

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The full National Careers Council report can be found here 


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Notes to editors


EngineeringUK is an independent organisation which promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. Its programmes The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers bring together the engineering (STEM) community in a partnership approach to positively engage young people at all levels, and help bring to life the realities of a career in engineering.
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