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A million inspiring engineering experiences
The UK government has launched a Year of Engineering campaign with the promise to create a million inspiring engineering experiences over the next 12 months. The campaign aims to challenge out-dated perceptions of the engineering industry and highlight the opportunities available to young people in this profession. Currently, engineering is one of the UK’s most prosperous industries, but, according to EngineeringUK, there’s an annual shortfall of around 20,000 engineering graduates. What’s more, there’s also a severe lack of diversity in the sector (approximately 91% of the workforce is male, and 94% is white).
This new campaign is designed to change the lack of diversity and increase the number of young people applying to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects by delivering inspiring experiences to schools and universities across all corners of the country throughout 2018. Working with around 1,000 partners, the government will help create a variety of activities, from behind-the-scenes Airbus tours to interactive exhibitions at the Science Museum and London Transport Museum. Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, explains more:
“Engineers […] are vital to the lifeblood of our economy. We want to show young people and their parents the immense creativity, opportunity and value of the profession. By bringing them face to face with engineering role models and achievements, we can send a clear message that engineering careers are a chance for all young people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or social background, to shape the future of this country and have a real impact on the lives of those around them.”
In order for the engineering industry to remain as productive as it has been in recent years, campaigns such as the Year of Engineering will play an important part in encouraging a diverse group of young people into STEM careers. Matchtech will be actively supporting this campaign and looks forward to seeing the effect it has on the next generation.
You can read more about The Year of Engineering here.
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