Government intends 2018 to be the ‘year of engineering’

The government has created a plan to encourage more young people to pursue a career in the engineering industry. The ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign will be launched early next year and aims to provide in excess of one million engineering experiences, including school trips and meeting engineering professionals for seven to sixteen-year-olds.

Source: DFT Year of Engineering

The new campaign will run all year and will focus on raising the profile of engineering among both young people and teachers. The campaign intends to develop a clearer understanding of the engineering sector and really improve connecting schools with employers in the engineering industry.

The minister for transport skills, John Hayes, recently stated that “If we are going to create a country fit to meet all new challenges, we need to train the next generation of highly-skilled British workers. He went on to say “New skills, new jobs, and new prospects will turn vision into realist if we show young people, their parents and their teachers what engineering can mean”.
(Source: Institute of Engineering and Technology).

The year of engineering campaign aims to increase growth within the engineering sector and support the recruitment process for the next generation of engineers. Throughout 2018, the campaign will highlight a range of creative modern engineering and provide a deeper understanding of what engineers actually do.

The campaign is now inviting people and businesses to participate and get involved in the campaign. They are looking fun and innovative ways to highlight the campaign to young people and develop a more positive image of an exciting industry that can really improve the lives of people.

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