A new centre for engineering education launched on Thursday to improve the supply of engineers to the UK’s growing demand in the sector.
The announcement comes from the University College London (UCL) in a bid to improve the figures of those entering the profession and to bridge the gender gap.
Professor Anthony Finkelstein, UCL dean of engineering sciences, said: “Engineering is at the very centre of our ability to address global social, environmental, economic and human welfare challenges.
“Our capacity to deliver solutions to these global challenges is dependent upon engineering education and skills at all levels.
“The supply of talented engineers is critical to innovation and growth within the UK and internationally. We must look at ways to encourage diversity and inclusiveness within the sector.”
The vision for the Centre for Engineering Education is to couple UCL engineering students with those following vocational courses in order to directly engage in programmes of mentoring, demonstrating and teaching school pupils.
Dr Paul Greening, director of the centre, said: “For me the Centre’s USP and its driver for success is in the partnership between UCL’s Faculties of Education and Engineering.”
“Working together, we will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research on education and skills issues that will provide pathways to encourage talented people to enter the profession.”
The new centre wants to support developments in primary and secondary education to create a better understanding of vocational and higher education routes into engineering.
They also hope to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to add to the debate between what constitutes good engineering education and training in schools, colleges, higher education and the workplace.