Press release

IET and ITN Productions launch new online engineering programme

21 November 2014

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has joined forces with ITN Productions to make an online news programme to promote greater understanding of the role engineering plays in our everyday lives.

In an interview for the programme - Working to Engineer a Better World - screened at the IET Innovation Awards, Mr Boles discusses government steps to tackle the engineering and technology skills shortage and explains that manufacturing and engineering is not part of ‘Britain’s Victorian past’, but part of Britain’s 21st Century future.

Working to Engineer a Better World is an in-depth online programme produced by ITN Productions in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The news-style programme showcases the increasingly diverse and multi-disciplinary nature of engineer and involves 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. Clive Selley, CEO BT Technology, said: “To create the telecommunications industry of the future we require bright, young, highly-educated people to teach us how tomorrow’s customers will use our products”.

The IET Innovation Awards, held on 19 November 2014, 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.”

Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive, said, “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 will help to inspire, inform and influence people to understand that engineering is an exciting and rewarding career path with excellent prospects.”

To see the full programme, visit www.theiet.org/itn

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:

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

In addition the programme includes interviews with key individuals including:

  • Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership and Professional Development
  • Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities
  • Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive
  • Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer
  • Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
  • William Webb, IET President