The Royal Academy of Engineering has backed the government’s social mobility strategy at its official launch today.

Speaking alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at a ‘Raising Aspirations’ careers event at the Globe Academy in Southwark, London this morning, the Academy’s Chief Executive Philip Greenish made a commitment to the principles laid out in the strategy paper:  Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers

Mr Greenish committed the Academy to continuing its work in widening participation at every level of engineering, to helping mentor young people and to further encourage Academy staff to get involved with enthusing school children.

He also welcomed government plans to make sure career opportunities are fair and open to all by offering work experience and internships in a transparent manner without favouring candidates who are socially well-connected.

Also pledging their support to the strategy at the South London school were representatives from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Channel 4.

Mr Greenish said: “There are no barriers to a career in engineering and there are many different routes into the profession. The Royal Academy of Engineering believes strongly in widening participation in engineering and has provided support to engineers going into schools for over 20 years to open young people’s minds to the opportunities in engineering at every level.

“We lead and partner in several schemes designed to widen participation in our profession, including the award-winning London Engineering Project, which has run in South and East London since July 2005. The Academy has recently joined forces with other London engineering employers to support an Engineering Career Academy at Lambeth College. This provides senior engineering mentors and brokers internships for students.”

Press release from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office

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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