Today Matchtech’s STEM Ambassadors, Glenn Vickery, Selina Breed and Kirsty Cobb, are attending the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham alongside Managing Director, Grahame Carter, who is a volunteer judge for the ‘UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition’ that will be taking place during the event. The Big Bang Fair is an initiative run by EngineeringUK to encourage more young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers by bringing classroom learning to life.

With the skills shortage in many STEM industries reaching a critical point, it’s more important than ever to inspire the next generation to consider a career in engineering. In the latest State of Engineering report, EngineeringUK reported that there’s an annual shortfall of approximately 22,000 engineering graduates entering the workforce, which is concerning considering the fact that there is an anticipated demand of around 124,000 engineers. Grahame comments:

“Matchtech’s 2017 Voice of the Workforce research highlighted that the promotion of apprenticeships and engineering as a career choice to younger generations are seen by engineers as the most effective solutions in addressing the skills shortage in the future. STEM initiatives like the Big Bang Fair give people across the engineering industry the opportunity to showcase how rewarding a career in engineering can be to inspire the engineers of the future.”

The event includes a variety of careers talks and stage shows, such as ‘Gastronaut and the Quantum Mechanical Chocolate Factory’, which features glowing quantum mechanical drinks, edible insects, and chocolate fountain physics. Plus, there’s an interactive show floor where eventgoers can learn about the different practical applications of science, from a live ‘operating theatre’ to 3D selfies. By showcasing the exciting opportunities a career in STEM can provide, the Big Bang Fair aims to challenge outdated perceptions on STEM professions and give young people a chance to discover and demonstrate their scientific talent.

Find out more about the Big Bang Fair here.

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