Inspiring the next generation of engineers to help make the world a better place

According to data from Tomorrow's Engineers, nine in ten young people (90%) aged 9-18 dream of a career that tackles social issues. In order to ensure that these encouraging statistics become a reality, we need to inspire the next generation of talent. Events such as Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (TE Week) are so important because they provide fresh impetus to help encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Now in its sixth year, Tomorrow's Engineers Week, led by EngineeringUK, takes place from 5-9 November and provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools across the UK to drive interest in engineering careers. This year, it will host the first ever Big Assembly at 10.30am on 7 November, a live video stream, featuring a panel of inspiring engineers who will discuss their careers and the positive impact engineering has on the issues young people care about most.   

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A UK survey of 1,246 young people aged 9-18 has found that almost half want a career that will help animals (47%), two-fifths want to save people’s lives (37%) and a third want to help tackle homelessness (29%). Each of these topics will be covered in the Big Assembly, along with protecting the environment, safety and entertainment.

Thousands of students are expected to take part in the Big Assembly and will be able to ask questions to the panel and careers experts live via social media.


A message from the engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers Week researchers asked engineers what message they would like to share with young people to inspire them and three quarters of those questioned (74%) said they wanted to let young people know that engineers make the world a better place. Meanwhile, around seven in 10 felt young people should know that engineers help find innovative solutions (71%) and shape the way we live (69%).

The 130 engineers who took part in the survey described their careers as having many different positive effects on the world, from "making water safe to drink" to "repairing machines that improve the quality of life" and "helping people have safe and enjoyable holidays."

Last year’s TE Week, which also focused on 'engineers on a mission', saw 60,000 young people watch films of inspiring engineers. Star engineers included Simon Crowther, Director of Flood Protection Solutions, who will be on the Big Assembly panel.

He said: "I've seen first-hand how engineers can make a huge difference in the world. I was inspired to become an engineer after my family home was flooded. From that day on, I was on a mission to ensure that no other family needed to suffer like ours did.

"My engineering career really makes a difference to people’s lives and I'm passionate about inspiring more young people to see how they can do likewise. I'd urge all schools to sign up to be part of the Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly."

In addition to the Big Assembly, Tomorrow's Engineers Week will use social media, films and events to demonstrate how young people can take their ideas, passions and dreams and turn them into engineering careers.

Beth Elgood, Director of Communications at EngineeringUK, added: "engineers shape the world we live in and use their skills to solve some of the issues that young people care about most. Hundreds of individual engineers and employers are expected to be part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week and the announcement of the Big Assembly means more young people than ever before will be inspired by what engineers can achieve.

"It's really easy for schools to be part of the Big Assembly and for students to understand more about the role of engineers and engineering in shaping our world and of the wide range of routes they can take into such an extraordinary career."

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