The Academy is working with a steering group of 13 engineering employers and SEO London to increase the flow of undergraduates and recent graduates into engineering work experience and employment. The work centres on providing a vehicle to engage with more disadvantaged, ethnic minority and female students, and students from outside the Russell Group. The project includes two strands; one involves delivery of an Engineering Engagement programme (EEP) through SEO London; the other taking action to ensure participating company recruitment processes and practices are as inclusive as possible. The second strand is addressed under the DILG action group.

Launched in July 2015, the EEP engages cohorts of 50 students at a time through two-day and one-day programmes to increase understanding of engineering careers, meet company representatives and prepare to apply for roles in engineering. It also involves mentoring and visits to companies as well as on-going interaction to maximise success in securing employment and internship opportunities.

Of the 865 students who applied to attended EEP events between 2015-2016, 157 attending with some gaining employment  in one of the 13 engineering employers steering the programme. The programme will run as a pilot, supported by Academy resource, until the end of March 2018 after which time it is expected to be owned more directly by engineering employers.

Higher Education Employer Diversity Pilot Project 2015-2018 (1.10 MB)

Here’s what some of the students and companies have to say about the programme:

“Having secured my dream job through SEO London with Network Rail, I can confidently say that they have changed my life for the better. I would strongly recommend those who want to stand out from the crowd to contact SEO London, because the advice, contacts and opportunities offered by them and the Royal Academy of Engineering through the Engineering Engagement Programme are second to none.”

Annel Bhuhi, General Engineering student, Leicester University

“The Engineering Engagement Programme is exactly the kind of activity Rolls-Royce plc should be supporting. It provides a route to securing our future supply of skills, and to inspiring the next generation of engineers. We are delighted to be steering the programme along with 12 other engineering companies as it gives us an ideal opportunity to raise our profile across universities providing the engineering qualifications we are after. What also I like about the Programme is that it is encouraging us to look internally to ensure we are creating a culture that supports difference, innovation and creativity.”

Eleanor Radbourne, Global Head of Talent Management at Rolls-Royce plc

To find out more, visit SEO Careers or contact the Diversity team.


Participating engineering employers

  • Amey
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BAE Systems
  • CH2M
  • Leonardo
  • Metaswitch
  • Network Rail
  • Renishaw
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Siemens
  • Thales
  • The Engineering Council