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Shape the Future and Tomorrows Engineers

Over the past 20 years the engineering community has witnessed a variety of campaigns, projects and initiatives aimed at improving the perception of engineering, in particular targeting young people. The Royal Academy of Engineering launched the Shape the Future campaign in 2005 as a banner under which the engineering community could work together to improve the promotion and delivery of engineering and technology activities in schools and colleges.

STEPS at Work

The partnership with teachers is crucial to influencing more young people to consider an engineering career and this has been further enhanced by a joint programme with the National Education Business Partnerships Network (NEBPN) to launch Shape the Future STEPS at Work. Each education business partnership is able to provide teachers with professional development opportunities through focused business placements with industry. 

The programme operates across primary and secondary schools, plus FE colleges, and targets science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teacher placements. Placements are also available to careers specialists and an objective of the programme is to ensure all STEM teachers are aware of the latest career opportunities for their students.

STEPS at Work is now in its third year and is operating across seven of the English regions plus a further pilot programme in Wales. For more details visit

Directory of engineering and technology

The Shape the Future Directory of Engineering and Technology has now been joined by editions for Science and Mathematics. The new suite of STEM directories of enrichment and enhancement activities have been supported by the DCSF (now DfE) and produced for teachers across the UK. To find out more about the directories visit

Engineering case study booklet

Picture of Tsz FokTsz Fok (pictured) was a first year Oxford engineering undergraduate who produced a booklet in 2007 that inspires youngsters to view engineering as an exciting career option. With a grant from NESTA and support from Shape the Future, he interviewed well known people in the public eye, and asked them what they wanted to see developed over the next 50 years. Tsz's booklet (823KB)Adobe PDF document icon image has been so popular that it has now been reprinted. Tragically, Tsz was killed in a bicycle accident just weeks after publication. His passion for engineering is captured in this booklet and his family wishes it to be used by young people in his memory.

Tomorrow’s Engineers

For over twenty years, The Royal Academy of Engineering has provided support for a number of schemes that promote engineering to young people in schools and colleges. This work continues through a partnership with the Engineering and Technology Board. To find out more please visit:



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