Taunton Deane MP, Rebecca Pow has pledged her support for a national campaign to get more young people into engineering, joining government and industry in a united effort to tackle a major skills gap.
The Year of Engineering, which launches in January, will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to raise the profile of engineering among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. This will include offering at least a million direct experiences of engineering to young people from all backgrounds – from behind the scenes tours and family days out, to school visits and the chance to meet engineering role models.
At an event in parliament on Wednesday 6 December, Rebecca committed to supporting the campaign in Taunton Deane, with a pledge to help connect local business, schools and colleges.
Rebecca was joined by more than 30 MPs who made pledges to support the campaign in their constituencies. It was also a chance to speak to engineering employers and meet some inspirational young engineers from the First Lego League and IET Faraday Challenge.
The commitment comes as the UK faces an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates a year, with half of companies in the sector saying the shortage is having a significant impact on productivity and growth. By bringing young people from all backgrounds face to face with engineering experiences and role models, the campaign aims to showcase the creativity and innovation of engineering careers and widen the pool of young people who consider the profession, diversifying a workforce that is 91% male and 94% white.
More than 350 partners have signed up to support the Year of Engineering, including Siemens, the Science Museum Group, Ocado, Usborne, BAE Systems and Crossrail. Teaming up with partners from many different sectors, the Government will deliver a year of UK-wide school visits, exhibitions and open doors events – all aimed at encouraging young people and their parents to take a closer look at engineering.
To find out more, visit the Year of Engineering partner website or follow the campaign on Twitter.