The IET is supporting the Year of Engineering campaign throughout the year, which aims to celebrate engineering and encourage more young people to join the profession.
Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts, academia and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering - and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.
Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents and a lack of diversity in the sector. The new campaign aims to fill those gaps and change misconceptions, and will see government and around 1,000 partners deliver inspiring experiences of engineering for young people, parents and teachers.
Throughout 2018, the IET will be supporting this important initiative through a social and traditional media campaign and will also co-brand some of its upcoming events including IET Engineering Open House Day, Engfest and some of its education activities.
The campaign was launched to the public this week. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: "Engineers - whether they are working on cutting-edge technology in aerospace, energy or artificial intelligence - are vital to the lifeblood of our economy.
"We want to show young people and their parents the immense creativity, opportunity and value of the profession. By bringing them face to face with engineering role models and achievements we can send a clear message that engineering careers are a chance for all young people, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social background, to shape the future of this country and have a real impact on the lives of those around them."
According to findings from the IET Skills and Demand in Industry Report 2017, 75% of businesses agree that tackling the skills gap is fundamental to making the Government’s Industrial Strategy viable.
IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, said: “The cross-Government Year of Engineering campaign will be an ideal way of celebrating the amazing contribution that engineering makes to society, and encourage young people to join the profession. The IET is delighted to be supporting the campaign to highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering."