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Engineering organisations across the country open their doors to encourage the next generation of young engineers

10 July 2015


This month, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is calling on young people and their parents to visit the exciting venues taking part in its inaugural Engineering Open House Day.

The events will be taking place at a number of prestigious venues and businesses across the UK, week commencing the 27 July. It will form part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign which aims to showcase the exciting engineering career opportunities in the industry that are open to young people.

The IET is working with a number of high profile venues where engineers play a central role in the running of their organisations, including: ITN Studios, the Royal Opera House in London, Soho House (Part of Birmingham Science Museum) in Birmingham, the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Hertfordshire.

With the demand for engineers far exceeding supply, and with women accounting for only 6 percent of engineering in the UK today, the IET is hoping to inspire a new generation of engineers, including girls, through the Engineering Open House events.

Recent research from the IET* highlighted that more than two thirds (71%) of children say they would be interested in an engineering career when shown inspirational information about the creativity and breadth of opportunities within the industry. These aspects of engineering will be key features of Engineering Open House Day.

All of the organisations involved will give young people and their parents the chance to explore the variety of stimulating and creative careers in modern engineering by putting on tours, workshops and talks from inspirational engineers. Additionally, guests will have the chance to ask engineers about their career experiences, what they actually do and why the industry appealed to them.

William Webb, IET President, said: “As recent research for the launch of the IET Engineer a Better World campaign shows, parents do not know enough about engineering and the many exciting career opportunities it holds for their children. That’s why we’ve launched our inaugural Engineering Open House Day as an exciting way of educating children and their parents about the vast range of opportunities engineering has to offer.

“It’s amazing to see such a diverse mix of engineering talent coming together to support the initiative. Children and their parents will get the chance to find out what life is like as an engineer, discover how things work and explore the abundance of exciting jobs within the industry. We hope that these initiatives will make a real contribution to inspiring a new generation of engineers.”


Colin Maxwell, Royal Opera House Production Manager who will be leading the backstage tours, said:

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the IET’s Engineering Open House Day. We wouldn’t be able to put on our world-class performances without the vital work our engineers perform and they are often unsung heroes. Parents and children will be able to explore and learn about the engineering aspects of the Royal Opera House – a venue which you might not usually associate with this industry. We hope that our theatrical venue will capture the imagination of our guests and show them sides of engineering they won’t have ever thought of.”

To find out more about the events on offer and how to register for a place at the IET’s Engineering Open House Day, please visit: http://www.engineer-a-better-world.org/engineering-open-house-day.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • About the research: *The research was commissioned by IET and carried out by Childwise with a sample of 501 male and 506 female parents, along with 505 boys and 502 girls. To read more, visit: http://www.engineer-a-better-world.org/research/

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 163,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • For more information, visit www.theiet.org
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