The government department for business (BIS) is joining forces with major engineering employers, institutions and the country’s leading young engineers to help persuade more young people to pursue a career in engineering.
Tomorrow's Engineers Week will take place from 4 - 8 November and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, parents and teachers.
The week will help to challenge outdated negative perceptions about engineering careers, particularly amongst women, and demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people's everyday lives.
Schools across the country will be doing their bit by putting on engineering-focused events, allowing pupils, teachers and parents to experience engineering first hand, and to find out why a career in engineering can be hugely rewarding.
During the week BIS will also publish a review examining the pipeline for developing engineers, with the aim of identifying practical measures which will improve the supply of engineers.
Why is engineering a great career choice?
- Prefer practice over theory? No problem.
You don't need to go to university to become an engineer – many companies offer training and apprenticeships which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
Engineers work in different fields and disciplines. As an engineer you could be working in space, transport, medicine, technology, food or fashion, in various settings including offices, laboratories, underground and at sea.
- Great job opportunities
It is predicted that engineering companies in UK will have 2.74 million job openings between 2010 and 2020, which represents almost 20% of all job openings across all industries.
- High salaries
Whilst medicine and dentistry graduates receive the highest starting salaries, they are closely followed by engineering and technology graduates at £25,762.
- Be a role model
At just 9% UK has the lowest number of women in science, technical, engineering and medical (STEM) careers in Western Europe. In countries such as France and Spain 17% of women work in STEM careers.
A recent Girlguiding survey revealed that 43% of girls said that they were put off by science and engineering careers because they did not know enough about the kind of careers available. 60% of girls said that they were put off by a lack of female role model – but that role model could be you.
To find out more about engineering and taking part (as a student or a teacher) in the Tomorrow's Engineers Week, see http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk.