The Academy of Engineering and partners are forming a network of Britain’s top engineering tutors and coaches to help spread the ambition and capability to be world-class to colleges and training providers with significant engineering activities.

The pilot project has been set up by the Academy, Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and other key partners as part of the legacy of WorldSkills London. The project will create a network of 30 expert engineering tutors to increase and widen participation in skills competition events.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

- establish a network of engineering tutors and coaches with current industry expertise and skills in teaching and training

- boost engagement of colleges, training providers and employers, to encourage students to obtain high level skills through competitions

- develop strategies to share and facilitate best practice among engineering providers

The network was launched at The Skills Show in Birmingham today (15 November 2012).

The new network will encourage excellence in the acquisition of world-class engineering skills using training for skills competitions as a medium for effective teaching and learning. The Academy believes that this approach could quickly make a difference to training outcomes in a significant number of colleges and independent training providers.

Matthew Harrison, Director of Engineering and Education at the Academy, said: “Engineering is of crucial importance to the growth of the UK economy and we must encourage young people to train as world-class engineers and technicians, as our profession provides employability, good wages and job satisfaction, particularly if young people have advanced and higher level skills. We believe that our programme will make a real difference to boosting engineering training for those who get involved - and quickly too.”

Rob Wye, Chief Executive of LSIS, said: “The network is a great opportunity to boost teaching and learning within the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) areas. LSIS’s number one priority is to equip the further education and skills sector to achieve outstanding teaching and learning, and we know the engineering expert network will help support this.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy is working in partnership with LSIS, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Institute for Learning (IfL) to provide the network.
  2. It will run 9 regional events in the North, Midlands and South before establishing the project more widely.
  3. 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.

For more information please contact

Sarah Griffiths at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0655