Government plans a ‘Year of Engineering’ to boost STEM capability

Idea: government and industry to offer young people across the UK a million direct experiences of engineering in a major push to tackle the skills gap

Posted 16 November 2017 at 8:32am by

Next year’s officially going to be the UK’s ‘Year of Engineering’, as the government commits to make possible a million “direct and inspiring experiences” of that sort of working to young Brits.

Teaming up with a diverse range of commercial sector partners from technology, healthcare and food production to energy, culture and transport, the campaign, announced today, aims to “galvanise” industry, MPs, parents and teachers in a national push to inspire the next generation of engineers. Firms already signed up include Siemens, the Science Museum Group, Ocado, Usborne, BAE Systems and Crossrail.

Activities will include large-sale outreach programmes, such as a £1m investment from Shell in the interactive Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest programme for thousands of schoolchildren, a children’s book on engineering from publisher Usborne, and behind the scenes tours at companies for families.

‘Year of Engineering’ will also highlight the role that individuals can play, say the Departments backing the campaign – all the way from parents helping children with their maths homework or enrolling them in a coding club to engineers from all backgrounds sharing their experience and advice in schools or via social media.

“This ‘Year of Engineering’ is our commitment to transforming perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and their teachers. We need people from all backgrounds to see the creativity, opportunity and value of engineering careers,” said Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, while his colleague Greg Clarke, Business and Energy Secretary, added, “To ensure we have a high-skilled economy that is fit for the future, our industrial strategy is committed to helping people and businesses by boosting engineering and ensuring everyone has the skills needed to thrive in a modern economy.”

Go here for more information – and if you’re a technology company, why not sign up to help what seems like a great cause?