The Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP) is a collaborative employer programme, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to increase the transition of diverse engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment. It is delivered in partnership with SEO London.

The GEEP is informed by a three-year Engineering engagement programme (EEP) pilot project. During the pilot, 14 engineering employers engaged with over 450 engineering undergraduates and recent graduates who were 30% female, 91% ethnic minority and 76% from the newer post-92 universities or from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Delivery of the programme is in response to the need to address the engineering skills gap by inspiring, attracting, recruiting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment. It also aims to address the unequal employment outcomes of ethnic minority engineering graduates highlighted through Academy research. A full report on the pilot project, Improving employment opportunities for diversity engineering graduates, can be downloaded below. 

Report: Improving employment opportunities for diverse engineering graduates (9.00 MB)

The GEEP programme was named winner of the Race Equality Award at Business in the Community’s 2019 Annual Responsible Business Gala. The event was the culmination of the 2019 Responsible Business in Action campaign, run by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network - to celebrate the innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are making a sustained difference and transforming communities.


To find out more:

  • Any organisation interested in getting involved in the GEEP should contact us. 
  • Recent graduates and undergraduates can register here to take part in the GEEP, which is delivered in partnership with SEO London. Events are scheduled to take place in London and Birmingham between September and December 2019.


The GEEP formally launched at an Academy event on 25 June:  Academy steps up programme to address diversity in early career engineering

Companies currently taking part in the Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme include:

  • Atkins
  • Amey
  • Arup
  • BAE Systems
  • BuroHappold/Happold Foundation
  • Chapmanbdsp
  • KBR
  • Leonardo
  • Metaswitch
  • Network Rail
  • Roke
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary (Ministry of Defence)
  • Siemens
  • WSP