The Royal Academy of Engineering believes the new diploma in engineering for 14-19 year olds will attract more young people from a wide range of backgrounds and could help fill the UK’s engineering skills gap

The Royal Academy of Engineering, which has played a pivotal role in the delivery of the new engineering diploma, is backing the engineering diploma this week as key to encouraging more students into the profession and preparing them for the world of work through more creative learning and practical experience enhanced by the involvement of employers.

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Education for The Royal Academy of Engineering comments, “The engineering diploma gives us the first ever chance to see engineering taught as a mainstream subject in schools. We need to inspire the 4,000 students who begin the engineering diploma this week by showing them that engineering is an exciting, varied and worthwhile career.”

The engineering diploma launched this week will provide an introduction to the industry and its different sectors and will cover themes such as the Engineering World, Discovering Engineering Technology and Engineering the Future.

The Academy has been active in helping design and deliver the new qualification working with the Southwark and Lambeth consortium which has one of the highest registrations in the country for the engineering diploma with nearly 200 students signed up. The consortium used an innovative training process, bringing together all 25 teachers from the various schools that will be delivering the diploma in Southwark and Lambeth for nine sessions this year to prepare together as a team, focusing particularly on problem solving and inquiry.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.

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