William Webb, IET President (L), and Natasha Kaplinsky, ITV (R)

IET partners with ITN Productions for engineering special

The IET has partnered with ITN Productions to produce a special news programme entitled ‘Working to Engineer a Better World’. The film is available to watch online now.

The news-style programme, presented by ITV news anchor Natasha Kaplinsky, aims to showcase the increasingly diverse and multi-disciplinary nature of engineering, using interviews, news-style reports and sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector.

The programme also highlights the urgent need for the right skills to serve the UK engineering industry properly.

William Webb, IET president, said: “'Working to Engineer a Better World' features many different faces of engineering in the 21st century, demonstrating how important engineering and technology have become to our every day lives. The programme celebrates the success of innovative engineering and technology organisations and sends a clear message to government that the industry is pivotal to future economic growth.  

"It will also be used to inspire more young people, particularly girls, to pursue a career in engineering to help address the skills shortage currently facing the industry.”

Nigel Fine, chief executive of the IET, added: “Engineering is central to Britain’s future economic success, but this could be put in jeopardy if we do not have enough young people coming into the sector to help with the major issues that affect us all, such as energy security, the next generation of transport systems and high-speed broadband.

“There is a serious skills shortage in engineering and we hope that this new programme from ITN Productions will help to inspire, inform and influence people to understand that engineering is an exciting and rewarding career path with excellent prospects.”

The film had its premiere at the IET Innovation Awards ceremony, held on 19 November. Interviewed for the film, Nick Boles, the Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, said: “Manufacturing and engineering are absolutely part our 21st century future.”

Boles went on to discuss government steps to tackle the engineering and technology skills shortage, explaining that manufacturing and engineering is not part of “Britain’s Victorian past”, but part of Britain’s 21st-century future.

The IET Innovation Awards ceremony celebrated innovation and the future of a diverse workforce in the engineering and technology sector. Matt Tarn, an engineering apprentice at Nestlé, said the role of the engineer is changing: “It’s no longer people coming into contact with the product, it’s people coming into contact with the machinery and making it work more efficiently and improving it.”

To watch the ‘Working to Engineer a Better World’ film in full, more ITN Productions interviews and specialised content from industry professionals and experts within the engineering and technology sector, go to www.theiet.org/itn

Industry participants in ‘Working to Engineer a Better World’ include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Black Country LEP
  • BP
  • British Army
  • BT
  • Energy & Efficiency | Industrial Partnership
  • Energy Institute
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Harlow Enterprise Zone
  • HETA
  • Imperial College London
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Nestlé
  • Royal Mail
  • The ERA Foundation
  • The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering
  • TWI
  • Wessex Water

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