Engineering careers programme kicks off
Mike Ridler from By Design taking part in a Tomorrow’s Engineers activity with Small Heath School pupils.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers ‘Around the World’ careers outreach programme began this week in Birmingham.
The programme is designed to show young people the exciting jobs that science and maths could lead to in the future. Tomorrow’s Engineers has been running for a few years now but it is the first time the programme has collaborated with business and industry to create a long-term careers project for schools.
Tomorrow’s Engineers ‘Around the World’ is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, along with engineering firms E.ON, GKN, Goodrich, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Rolls-Royce and Severn Trent. Delivered by By Design and Science Made Simple, the careers outreach programme for schools aims to provide an introduction to modern engineering backed up with careers information and resources that will inspire future engineers.
On Monday, Year 9 pupils from Small Heath Upper School in Birmingham were the first students to experience the careers programme. Linked to the science, and design and technology curriculum, 13-14 year-olds took part in an interactive presentation and activities tackling issues from climate change and surviving earthquakes to how to make sure our lights don’t go out.
Small Heath Pupil, Ibrahim Rashid, 14, said: “This has really made me think ‘should I change my career choice?’ I was thinking of going into medicine but, looking at this and learning about medical engineering, I thought ‘why not go into engineering? I wouldn’t have thought engineering had so many options. I thought cars and mechanics were it.”
EngineeringUK chief executive Paul Jackson said: “Talent is the foundation for growth, and is at the heart of our vibrant engineering and manufacturing sector. This collaboration with other Midlands engineering companies means that together we can do more to tackle skills gaps, improve understanding about engineering and ultimately increase the number of young people choosing engineering as a career.”
Nikki Armstrong from Jaguar Land Rover said: “We need to engage with young people before they’ve made their career choices to show them the opportunities available in the world of engineering and science. The perception of what an engineer does, particularly in the automotive industry, is very different to the reality. This programme enables us to reach a larger number of young people to showcase the variety of opportunities that are available with companies like ourselves.”
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