Year of Engineering Campaign

24th January 2018

Last week marked the official launch of the Year of Engineering campaign and I am delighted to be part of the drive to inspire the next generation of engineers. From the magnificent vessels built at Babcock at its Appledore shipyard to the intricate and sophisticated technological innovations at Beran Instruments in Torrington, I am proud to represent a constituency that boasts a number of great businesses, which are at the forefront of British innovation and engineering

Engineering as a profession is too often undervalued and misunderstood, with only a third of parents knowing what people in engineering do. The campaign aims to inspire a new and more diverse generation of engineers into all sectors of the profession, challenging stereotypes and showcasing the variety, creativity and opportunity of engineering careers. It will support the government’s Industrial Strategy and its focus on investment in skills to raise productivity and living standards across the UK.

The Year of Engineering, which launched on Monday 15th January, will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to raise the profile of engineering among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. This will include offering at least a million direct experiences of engineering to young people from all backgrounds – from behind the scenes tours and family days out, to school visits and the chance to meet engineering role models.

The commitment comes as the UK faces an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates a year, with half of companies in the sector saying the shortage is having a significant impact on productivity and growth. By bringing young people from all backgrounds face to face with engineering experiences and role models, the campaign aims to showcase the creativity and innovation of engineering careers and widen the pool of young people who consider the profession, diversifying a workforce that is 91% male and 94% white.

Support from local businesses will be invaluable in helping ensure the campaign reaches young people and I urge businesses in my constituency to consider how they can get involved. They may wish to consider volunteering in local schools to highlight the exciting opportunities that exist within the profession, or by organising an event that gives young people, parents or teachers the chance to take a closer look at engineering.

I am certain that by working together we can offer a clear message to young people about the value of engineering and the breadth of opportunity on offer. 

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