One year ago, Education for Engineering (E4E), the body through which the engineering profession offers advice on education and skills policy to UK Government, was tasked to work specifically on six out of the 22 recommendations made by the Perkins Review of Engineering Skills.

Today, in parallel with the report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), E4E presented the progress it made on addressing the recommendations laid out by the Perkins review skills in Engineering skills: progress on the Perkins review – In detail.

The report has been produced in parallel and to supplement the work published today by BIS (Engineering skills: progress on the Perkins review) and contains more detail on how the conclusions drawn in BIS’ report have been reached and asks challenging questions on how the change achieved can be sustained in the long term.

To address the recommendations, E4E created four Task and Finish Groups to identify and implement solutions to the issues highlighted in the review, such as the need to provide continuing professional development for teachers, provide work experience for post-16 students and work placements for university students, support engineering employers in encouraging their staff to share their skills and knowledge, and support the FE sector in making the best use of new learning technologies.

The Task and Finish Groups are also producing good practice guides and business cases to help companies, individuals and institutions initiate and sustain any of the activities identified in the report.

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

    We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place  to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.
  1. Education for Engineering is the body through which the engineering profession offers coordinated advice on education and skills policy to UK Government and the devolved Assemblies.

    It is hosted by The Royal Academy of Engineering with membership drawn from the professional engineering community including all 36 Professional Engineering Institutions, Engineering Council and EngineeringUK.

    It deals with all aspects of learning that underpin engineering with particular emphasis on mathematics, science, ICT and design and technology. It is both proactive and reactive to ensure that the education system remains appropriate to meet the current and future challenges facing society.

    Education for Engineering works to inform education policy and practice by:
  • Initiating and contributing to policy debates
  • Providing decision-makers with high quality information and analysis
  • Ensuring that all learners are enabled to make connections across areas of learning that support an education for engineering
  • Highlighting the needs of future engineers and routes into engineering that are open to all.

Link to the Perkins Report at the Education for Engineering website

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Giorgio De Faveri

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