First launched in 2018, This is Engineering is a multi-year campaign led by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with EngineeringUK and major engineering organisations to encourage more young people, from all backgrounds, to consider engineering careers.

This is Engineering website

 

About the campaign

Engineering is an exciting, varied and rewarding career, and yet the UK has a shortage of young people applying for engineering courses and engineering jobs. One of the prime reasons for this shortage is that many people hold outdated views of what engineering is, and what engineers do.

This is Engineering challenges those misconceptions, by presenting a positive image of modern engineering. Through real young engineers it illustrates how engineering is behind many of the things they are already interested in – sport, fashion and tech for example – and that they can follow what they love into engineering, and in doing so help shape the future.

At the heart of This is Engineering are a series of short videos, each profiling a young engineer who is doing something remarkable.

Video resources - This is Engineering on YouTube

 

Impact of the campaign to date

This is Engineering is successfully changing the perceptions of engineering for young people. A survey of GCSE and A Level students following the first two years of the campaign revealed that:

  • Up to 25% of students recalled seeing the campaign, with two-thirds of those going on to talk about it with others, share it on social media, or explore more online
  • The campaign is improving knowledge about what engineers do, and raising the status of careers in engineering among young people
  • 60% of teens would now consider a career in engineering – a significant increase on 39% of those surveyed before the launch of the campaign. The increase is even more significant among female and BAME students

Since autumn 2019, the campaign has targeted parents as well as young people, with positive results. Among those who had seen the campaign, surveying revealed:

  • 72% of parents took action, such as visiting the This is Engineering website or discussing engineering with their children
  • 88% of parents were likely to recommend engineering as a career

 

Key statistics

In the first two years (2018-2019) of This is Engineering:

  • Videos were watched over 38 million times in total
  • The campaign received over 1 million additional engagements on social media (including likes, retweets, and comments)
  • 90% of video views were from 13-17 year-olds, and 95% from 13-24 year-olds
  • 50% of the audience was female

 

This is Engineering Day

On 6 November 2019, the Academy led the first ever This is Engineering Day to raise awareness of what engineers really do and celebrate those who are shaping the world we live in. In coordination with partners and supporters who undertook activities all around the UK, news of the day reached over 14 million people through media coverage and led to a significant increase in the campaign's online presence.

The Academy has now announced 4 November 2020 as the next This is Engineering Day, and we're calling on as many people as possible to help us spread the word and showcase the difference engineers make to their world. If you'd like to support the day please get in touch.

This is Engineering Day

 

Other activities

The campaign initially launched in 2018, the Year of Engineering, and forms part of a of a wider programme of Academy work to address the engineering skills crisis. This includes work with engineering employers to improve diversity and inclusion, and the development of policy advice to address barriers in the education system to young people pursuing engineering careers. As part of this policy work, we developed a 10-point action plan, informed by young people, to help inspire future generations of engineers. The plan contains recommendations for schools, employers and policymakers on careers, work experience, and further education.

This is Engineering - 10 point action plan

Our engineering image library was launched in November 2019 to provide web editors, journalists and social media users with a diverse bank of free photograpy showcasing real engineers in a wide variety of roles. To date, over 800 photos have been donated to the library that has been viewed nearly half a million times, helping to challenge the stereotypical views of engineering found in online image searches. 

This is Engineering free photo library

 

Where next?

The This is Engineering website now features profiles of 25 engineers from a wide variety of backgrounds. New waves of a social media campaign in 2020 will continue to target young people, and parents, with fresh videos and images to highlight the how a creative career in engineering can really make a difference in the world.

Follow This is Engineering on Twitter for campaign news

Follow This is Engineering on Instagram for new photos and videos

Invite young people to like This is Engineering on Facebook for stories of engineering behind the things they love

 

Partners

This is Engineering has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and our corporate partners.

Strategic Partner

Founding Principal Partners

Principal Partners

Major Partner

Sponsors

Principal University Partners

Major University Partners

University Partner

To find out more about this project, or how to get involved, please email us.