The Academy's work is supported by a wide range of companies, charitable trusts and other private funders. Some examples of current major partnerships are provided below.
Connecting STEM Teachers
The Connecting Teachers project, which is generously supported by BG Group, aims to provide local support for teachers of STEM subjects so they can develop the knowledge and confidence to:
illustrate the role of engineering in society to young people
explain how engineers shape our world and improve our lives
highlight how STEM learning at school is applied in the real world
enrich the STEM curriculum
engage a greater number and wider spectrum of students in STEM.
Central to this project is a national network of 24 Teacher Coordinators who provide STEM teachers in their local schools with free training, ideas and resources to help them enhance STEM learning. These Teacher Coordinators use their local knowledge to build a network of schools for whom they organise, coordinate and lead continuing professional development (CPD) events. They also provide networking opportunities and help to establish links across schools and STEM departments so that expertise and good practice can be shared by teachers with different specialisms.
Supported by BAE Systems, the Engineering Engagement project aims to widen participation in STEM by helping teachers and pupils realise the significance of engineering to their everyday lives.
Through the project, the Academy, in partnership with STEMnet, delivers training and CPD training for teachers, produces engineering based teaching and learning resources, encourages the uptake of school STEM clubs and works with STEM Ambassadors to enhance the ways that they can bring engineering to life. The project is building a network of schools and teachers who work with the Academy to build engineering into their ethos, enabling pupils to foster an appetite for STEM subjects and forging lasting relationships between their schools, national teaching and learning providers and local industry.
Engineering Further Education
Support from BP has allowed the Academy to launch Engineering Further Education. a programme that supports teaching and learning on engineering courses in further education (FE) colleges.
The overall aim is to increase progression rates by supporting students to remain committed to engineering and take the next step on the path to an engineering career. Students receive e-mentoring and contextualised maths support; lecturers receive free CPD sessions. Regional Webinars with FE Heads of Engineering are helping the Academy gather important data on the contribution the FE sector makes to engineering both nationally and regionally.
The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Launched in 2014, the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is a major initiative to encourage and mentor innovative engineering entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa. The Prize is supported by ConocoPhillips, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Consolidated Contractors Company and the Shell Centenary Scholarships Fund.
Forum Partnership programme
The Forum Partnership programme supports an ongoing series of thought leadership events at the Academy. The programme is currently supported by Atkins, BAE Systems, Bosch, GE, GKN, IBM, NATS, QinetiQ, URS Corporation and Weir Group.
The Academy’s vision is that the Forum for engineering will be recognised as the leading venue for engineering, offering authoritative opinion as well as stimulating engagement, and contributing to a stronger national presence for engineering. The Forum for engineering is based in a high quality, well-equipped, versatile suite of rooms, exceptionally located at Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG.