The Engineering Council will be joining forces with government and industry to give thousands of young people inspiring experiences of engineering, as part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
Today, Thursday 16 November, the government announced that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. The campaign will encourage young people from all backgrounds to take a closer look at engineering, challenging stereotypes and showcasing the variety and creativity of this forward-looking and innovative sector.
Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK economy, but we also have shortfall in qualified engineering graduates, and a lack of diversity in the profession – the engineering workforce is 94% white and 91% male.
The Engineering Council will be supporting the campaign by working to ensure that no barriers exist for anyone appropriately qualified to become professionally registered We will also be championing and supporting programmes run by key stakeholders that promote diversity and inclusion policies and practices across the engineering profession.
To celebrate the announcement, Year of Engineering partners are highlighting some of the many different ways that individuals and organisations can #inspireanengineer on social media – follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out more.
The Year of Engineering launches in January 2018. To find out more, visit the Year of Engineering partner website or follow the Year of Engineering campaign on Twitter.