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The Year of the Engineer

Last week saw the launch of a new campaign to attract more young people into the engineering industry.

The Year of Engineering is intended to transform the way in which young people view the industry as well as highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.

Government and industry partners will not only celebrate engineering but look to engage with young people, parents, and teachers challenging negative perceptions of the industry and highlighting the creativity and variety of roles that are available.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but is currently suffering from a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year which is certainly damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents and a lack of diversity in the sector – the workforce is currently 91% male and 94% white.

Big hitters such as Dyson, Siemens and Thales will be involved but so too will 1000s of other companies as plans are put in place for a million activities and events over the course of the next 12 months.

The Year of Engineering gives the industry a great opportunity to inspire a new generation of world class engineers.

It’s still as puzzle, however, as to why so many school leavers still don’t consider a career in engineering.

We need a new generation of electronic engineers, coders, and problem solvers to join the industry whatever their background and wherever they live, especially if the government’s Industrial Strategy is to be delivered.

Neil Tyler

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