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Inspiring the next generation

7 May 2014
IET Communications team
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Dr Melanie Windridge

Dr Melanie Windridge, one of the faces of the Your Life campaign.

The IET is backing a UK Government campaign to inspire more young people to study STEM subjects.

The IET has joined over 170 leading businesses and institutions in pledging support to a new UK Government campaign to inspire more young people, and especially girls, to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The campaign – dubbed ‘Your Life’ – was launched today by the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP.

George Osborne said: “Backing growth in sectors such as science, tech and engineering are part of our long term plan to deliver economic security and sustainable growth for a more resilient economy.

“This campaign, which brings together some of Britain’s best businesses, institutions and government, will help inspire young people into jobs in these exciting sectors that are essential to our economic prosperity.”  

As part of our pledge, which you can view in full on the Your Life website, we have committed to holding an MP event themed around inspiring the next generation of engineers, encouraging MPs to issue a call to action to businesses in their constituencies.


Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

Today has also seen the launch of this year’s IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, with a renewed emphasis on finding female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis.

Women currently represent only seven per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK, the lowest percentage in Europe.

We are calling on successful female engineers aged under 30, from any engineering discipline, to enter the Awards and demonstrate to young girls that engineering is a diverse and exciting industry, offering creative and challenging careers.

Our Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, said: “We’ve been running our Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards for 38 years and have produced a number of fantastic female ambassadors for engineering as a result. 2014 has seen growing momentum from Government, industry and educators to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects, so it seems timely and appropriate to make finding inspirational female role models who can support these efforts the key focus of our very successful Awards.”

The deadline for entry is 31 July 2014. Full details are available on the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards page of our website.