The Royal Academy of Engineering has teamed up with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), major engineering employers and the professional engineering institutions to deliver a week-long series of events and activities to encourage more young people to embark into a career in engineering.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek13) takes place from 4-8 November 2013 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers. The campaign will challenge outdated negative perceptions about engineering careers, particularly amongst women, and demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people’s everyday lives.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“Through Tomorrow’s Engineers week we will demonstrate that engineering is a real and attractive option, which offers careers that are both stimulating and diverse. Students aged 11 to 14 are at a crucial point in their lives, in terms of making choices that will impact on their future career paths, and hence this is a key time to engage.”

“We look forward to working with our partners to inspire the engineers of the future and hope many other organisations will join us to change perceptions of engineering careers.”

The week offers several activities that target outdated preconceptions about the profession and its professionals, especially among women, and shows how engineering is relevant to everyday life through talks, events, discussions and competitions.

Activities will include:

- Work with young engineering ambassadors who will demonstrate the breadth, depth and variety of job opportunities in engineering, including careers in fashion, music, sport, mobile technology, computer gaming; TV and film

- Polling amongst secondary school children exploring attitudes to jobs in engineering and the impact of engineering on society in the future

- A nationwide search to find England’s Engineering Wonders, judged by the shining stars of contemporary engineering

- Social media activity and high profile competitions for young people offering engineering-related money-can’t-buy prizes

- Engineering industry announcements, events, round tables and discussions looking at future skills needs in the engineering industry and how more young people can be encouraged into engineering jobs

For further information about Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and to find out how to get involved, visit:
www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Notes for editors

  1. Funding partners for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week are: EngineeringUK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  2. Wider partners include: All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, Arup, Atkins, BAE Systems, British Science Association, Career Academies UK, The Edge Foundation, EEF the Manufacturers Organisation, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Facebook, GE Aviation, Girlguiding, GlaxoSmithKline, J8 Precision, Jaguar Land Rover, Little Miss Geek, Motorsports Industry Association, National Apprenticeship Service, National Careers Service, Next Generation Skills, Siemens, Sciencegrrl, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, Skills Funding Agency, the Skills Show, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The Science Museum, STEMNET, Teach First, Teeside Local Government, UK Association for Interactive Entertainment, UKCES, the V&A Museum, the Women’s Engineering Society, Women in Science and Engineering, World Skills UK.
  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

Giorgio De Faveri at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0664; email: Giorgio De Faveri