Preparing for the Year of Engineering!
Engineers Without Borders UK 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.
Engineers Without Borders UK will be supporting the campaign by highlighting the impact engineering can have on human development. We believe that the shortage of UK engineers and the lack of diversity in the sector are inextricably linked – they are both results of the public perception of engineering. Millennials and Generation Z are increasingly motivated by social causes such as protecting the environment and addressing inequality. However, for many it is impossible to draw a parallel between that aspiration and an engineering industry that is still perceived as being dominated by hard hats and construction sites. In order to develop the sector, it is imperative that we challenge this perception by highlighting how engineering can improve the lives of people, everywhere. Throughout the year Engineers Without Borders UK will host a number of event and activities, as well as a social media frenzy, in order to showcase globally responsible engineering and challenge the status quo.
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 by clicking here.