Transport secretary Chris Grayling has welcomed the appointment of South Basildon and East Thurrock MP and former chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee Stephen Metcalfe as the government’s envoy for the Year of Engineering next year.
The campaign aims to link government with industry to deliver direct and inspiring engineering experiences to young people throughout 2018.
According to Grayling, Metcalfe will act as an advisor for the campaign, engaging with industry and government on tackling the engineering skills gap and widening the pool of young people who enter the profession. He added that the industry is facing a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates a year and a lack of diversity, with a workforce that is 91% male and 94% white.
“Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in our economy, but a lack of graduates entering the profession is damaging growth,” said Grayling. “With major investment being made in infrastructure and new technologies that aim to improve the way we travel, work and live, it’s crucial to the nation’s success that more people join the profession.”
The Department for Transport said that throughout 2018 the government will work with hundreds of industry partners to bring young people, their parents and their teachers face to face with engineering activities, events and role models.