Throughout 2018 there have been some excellent events and initiatives for the Year of Engineering, a year-long government campaign celebrating the amazing field of engineering and inspiring young minds to get involved. Whether it be transport, medicine, or even production of the food we eat - engineering is crucial to our day-to-day lives.
This week has seen industry and education working together in the sixth annual Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. This November campaign for Year of Engineering has been looking to change people’s perspectives of engineering and demonstrate the exciting opportunities of the sector. By sharing stories from people within engineering and demonstrating the scope of roles available, the week has aimed to inspire a new generation of skilled young professionals to enter the sector and continue to develop the world of engineering.
This year, the focus has been on issues that young people feel passionate about, including environmental protection, animal welfare, safety, health and entertainment. You can read about some of the exciting work people do within the industry on the Tomorrow’s Engineers website.
The Big Assembly
The morning of Wednesday 7th November featured the debut of the IMarEST sponsored event: Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly – a video talk from a panel of enthusiastic young engineers, which was streamed by schools around the UK. An astonishing 50,000 students from 400 schools participated in the Big Assembly to hear these stories from the engineering sector. The video is available to watch online from the Big Assembly webpage.
The event was a huge inspiration, with many notable people in attendance and some fantastic comments on its success:
Broadcaster Fayon Dixon, who hosted the event, said: "The Big Assembly used the power of technology to connect people together and inspire students about how engineers make the world a better place. We heard inspiring stories from engineers who are helping to save the environment, develop medical procedures, keep us safe, help animals and even entertain us. Viewers of the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly heard about different routes into the industry, learnt that engineers are in demand, earn good money and make a difference to the world."
Minister for the Year of Engineering Nusrat Ghani said: "It was fantastic to see so many students from around the country joining the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly to hear inspiring stories from engineers on a mission, and the eye-opening questions they prompted. There really has never been a better time to become an engineer, with vast and varied opportunities for children from all backgrounds to shape the world around us. Events like this are a brilliant way of bringing this exciting profession to life and inspiring students to think about engineering as a career – the aims at the heart of the Year of Engineering.”
Helen Richardson, from Workpays and creator of the Big Assembly, said:
"The Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly has been the most successful yet. We created the concept two years ago for National Apprenticeship Week and look forward to seeing it grow even further in the years to come."
There’s still time to get involved!
As Tomorrow’s Engineers Week draws to a close, people are still encouraged to get involved and continue to inspire young engineers. Below is a collection of resource toolkits, which you can use to get involved:
- Engineers and Employers Toolkit: Download the Toolkit for information on how you can get involved by sharing stories from the industry and events you are staging.
- Schools Toolkit: Here you can find information on The Big Assembly and how students can get involved.
- University & College Toolkit: Find resources here on how you can get involved and share your stories across Tomorrow’s Engineers social media channels.
- Professional Engineering Institution Toolkit: Members can find information and links here on how they can share their stories and events, and more ways to get involved with Tomorrow’s Engineers.
If you are an engineer who already works within the industry, please share your story and experience through social media! This is a great way to connect with young people and you can use some suggested social media templates to help get you started!