Government and industry unite to attract young people into engineering careers
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), major engineering employers and institutions, and many of the country’s leading young engineers are joining forces to persuade more young people to pursue careers in engineering.
Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek13) takes place from 4-8th November 2013 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers. The campaign will challenge outdated negative perceptions about engineering careers, particularly amongst women, and demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people’s everyday lives.
The Week will include:
• Work with young engineering ambassadors who will demonstrate the breadth, depth and variety of job opportunities in engineering, including careers in fashion, music, sport, mobile technology, computer gaming; TV and film
• Polling amongst secondary school children exploring attitudes to jobs in engineering and the impact of engineering on society in the future
• A nationwide search to find England’s Engineering Wonders, judged by the shining stars of contemporary engineering
• Social media activity and high profile competitions for young people offering engineering-related money-can’t-buy prizes
• Engineering industry announcements, events, round tables and discussions looking at future skills needs in the engineering industry and how more young people can be encouraged into engineering jobs
According to EngineeringUK, engineering companies will have 2.74 million job openings between 2010 and 2020 across a diverse range of disciplines . However far too few school children, particularly girls, are choosing the GCSEs, A Levels, Apprenticeships, degrees or other vocational pathways that will lead to engineering careers.
For further information about Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and to find out how to get involved, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk
Notes to editors
1. EngineeringUK 2013, Executive Summary and Recommendations
2. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek13) takes place from 4-8thNovember 2013 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers. To find out how to get involved, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk
3. Funding Partners for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week are: EngineeringUK, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Civil Engineers
4. Wider partners include: All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, Arup, Atkins, BAE Systems, British Science Association, Career Academies UK, The Edge Foundation, EEF the Manufacturers Organisation, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Facebook, GE Aviation, Girlguiding, GlaxoSmithKline, J8 Precision, Jaguar Land Rover, Little Miss Geek, Motorsports Industry Association, National Apprenticeship Service, National Careers Service, Next Generation Skills, Siemens, Sciencegrrl, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, Skills Funding Agency, the Skills Show, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The Science Museum, STEMNET, Teach First, Teeside Local Government, UK Association for Interactive Entertainment, UKCES, the V&A Museum, the Women’s Engineering Society, Women in Science and Engineering, World Skills UK.
About the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
2 The government's economic policy objective is to achieve 'strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.' It set 4 ambitions in the‘Plan for Growth’, published at Budget 2011:
• to create the most competitive tax system in the G20
• to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
• to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
• to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.
Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.