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Second annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week underlines challenge ahead

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week has said that the industry must take a lead in shining a spotlight on engineering careers in a way that young people may not have considered before.

According to Tomorrow’s Engineers, there will be 1.82M engineering roles in the UK by 2022 and it is up to the industry to ensure young people are inspired to gain the skills needed to take up those roles.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers initiative is led by Engineering UK and the Royal Academy of Engineers and the 2015 event builds on the success of the first one last year.

The schools programme launched following the 2014 event is said to have reached over 40,000 young people.

The organisation has worked with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institute of Physics to develop a programme of careers resources that provide clear, consistent guidance for young people aged between 9 and 16 and their teachers.

ICE director general Nick Baveystock has welcomed the launch of the second Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and said: “Civil engineering is a diverse, fascinating and exciting industry, where you can literally shape the world in which we live and make a real difference.  We – engineering institutions, industry and academia – must do more to show this crucial generation of schoolchildren, their parents and their teachers, the range of opportunities on offer.  Schools also have a duty to lead the drive in overcoming outdated perceptions about careers in engineering, and ensure they are accessible to all.

“In the decade to 2022, engineering companies will need 182,000 people a year with engineering skills. This means we need to double the number of apprentices and graduates entering the industry. This is the scale of the challenge we face, and this is why collaborative, inspirational campaigns like Tomorrow’s Engineers Week are so important.”

To find out more about the resources available and to get involved, go to: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

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