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UK: 2018 to be 'Year of Engineering'

15/01/2018
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A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today by the UK government.

2018 will officially be the Year of Engineering and will see a national drive in all corners of the country.
The Year of Engineering campaign will see government and around 1,000 partners deliver a million inspiring experiences of engineering for young people.
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 those gaps and changing misconceptions, and will see 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 aimed at inspiring women, including more black, Asian and minority ethnic girls, into pursuing STEM careers.


  • A brand-new children’s book on engineering from Usborne.


  • The Science Museum and London Transport Museum will be capturing children’s imaginations with interactive exhibitions.


  • Schools will get the chance to go behind the scenes at Airbus to meet engineers working on the Mars Rover.


  • Thales in the UK will be inspiring inventors of the future with robot clubs in primary schools.


  • Sir 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.

  • Commenting on the new campaign, Skills Minister, Anne Milton, said:

    “I want to see everyone whatever their background, wherever they live to have a chance to get a rewarding career or job in engineering whether they come via a technical or academic route.”

    “The Year of Engineering gives us a great opportunity to work together with business to inspire a new generation of world class engineers. We want to build the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that we need for a growing economy, as highlighted in the government’s Industrial Strategy.”

    More information about the campaign can be found at yearofengineering.gov.uk 
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