This week, 6-10 November, is Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which aims to address the requirement for 186,000 people with engineering skills needed annually through to 2024*
Led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the campaign showcases stories of engineers who have used their skills to solve some of the world’s biggest problems from helping people recover from natural disasters to creating renewable energy. Over 300 employers and professional bodies from across the engineering community have joined with universities, schools and individuals in a week-long drive to inspire the next generation of engineers.
As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, we have had a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach activities taking place across several of our sites this week:
- Our Haslar site hosted teachers from 23 local primary schools from the Portsmouth region for Primary Engineer “Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics” Training. Teachers are matched with an industry engineer mentor and equipped with the practical skills needed to deliver the whole-class project. They design and build exemplar models, explore the teaching resources and learn about the challenge activities which are run at the end of the project.
- STEM Ambassadors at our Malvern site have been visiting careers fairs this week at The Chase School and Prince Henry High School, taking interactive activities with them
- Aberporth STEM Ambassadors are supporting an Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales (ISEW) launch event at Ysgol Bro Teifi, Llandysul
Our employees and STEM Ambassadors have done a huge amount of activity planning, event organising and volunteering to support STEM initiatives throughout the year in communities local to our sites. Encouraging more young people into engineering is vital if we are to meet current and future skills needs and ensure more people have the opportunity to enjoy rewarding careers.
Looking ahead to next year, we are excited to be participating in the government-led year-long Year of Engineering 2018 campaign to engage and inform young people, teachers, youth groups and parents about the broad range of engineering careers and the opportunities at QinetiQ.