As the eighth annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week comes to a close, Engineering UK has announced it will launch a new online hub for engineering careers information. The resource, which will go live later this month, will have free information and guidance aimed at young people and organisations working with young people.
The website will offer careers information and cover topics such as how to develop engaging outreach activities, how to insure an inclusive approach, and how to survey young people.
This year’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week has been delivered remotely, due to the pandemic. The activities have also been designed to address concerns over the fact that 76% of 11-19 year olds have not accessed formal careers activities since March this year. Schools, employers and professional engineering institutions have used this Tomorrow’s Engineers Week to showcase the diversity and importance of engineering careers and show the many paths towards an engineering career.
The new hub will also support signatories of the new Tomorrow’s Engineers Code (the Code). Launched in October, the Code sets out common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people joining the engineering field by:
- inspiring connection
- driving inclusion
- showcasing engineering, and
- improving impact.
Signatories include professional engineering institutions, universities, government departments, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and FTSE 100 companies. All signatories make four pledges about their approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering-inspiration activities. The Code is now managed by EngineeringUK.
Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, said:
“We would like to thank the thousands of schools, employers and professional engineering institutions that have come together to make Tomorrow’s Engineers Week a huge success.
“Let’s build on this week of collective activity to ensure that all young people get the support they need to be inspired by and understand more about the thousands of future engineering roles available in infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects to upgrade our hospitals, schools and road network, make public buildings greener and help the UK achieve its aspirations of achieving Net Zero by 2050.
“With the framework provided by the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code and the information and guidance shortly available via the online hub, the engineering community will be in a great position to achieve the collective impact needed to see an increase in the number and diversity of young people entering engineering careers.”
For more information, visit the Tomorrow’s Engineers website.