The Institute is supporting the 2018 Year of Engineering nationwide campaign to promote engineering as a stimulating and fulfilling career. Throughout the year it will be organising and participating in awareness-raising activities aimed specifically at encouraging young people into the profession. Engaging the next generation at grass-roots level is vital for the IMarEST to meet its strategic goal of supporting the development and sustainability of the marine sector.
The highlight of the calendar is certain to be a careers open-day to be held on 7 July 2018 during the IMarEST's flagship event, the European International Sub Race. It will enable members of the public to find out about a broad range of exciting and rewarding careers, as well as networking with leading organisations in the marine sector. The IMarEST is also working with Sea Cadet units to raise awareness about volunteering opportunities for UK engineers. To find out more, get in touch with Dan Simons at or find your local unit here
The Year of Engineering is a UK government campaign, which celebrates the 'world and wonder of engineering'. It forms an important part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy which is committed to boosting engineering across the UK, ensuring everyone has the skills needed to thrive in a modern economy.
As a spokesman for the campaign put it: "From spaceships to ice skates, the bubbles in chocolate bars to life saving cancer treatment, engineering touches every part of our lives. However, not enough young people – especially young girls – think it’s a world for them. As a result, the industry is struggling to recruit future talent. What’s more, young people are missing out on the chance to make a positive difference to both their futures, that of the planet and everything that calls it home."
IMarEST Chief Executive David Loosely said: "A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and creative. Yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them. Over the course of 2018, the UK government wants to shake-up people’s ideas about engineering, inspiring the next generation of innovators, inventors and problem solvers by showing them what engineers actually do."
If you’d like to find out more about the Year of Engineering, visit their website where you can find information, resources and news: https://www.yearofengineering.gov.uk/