Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2019
Christina Wagstaff, Corporate Responsibility Advisor
This week is Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek19) in the UK, led by EngineeringUK, which aims to raise the profile and change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers, and to inspire future engineers.
Now in its seventh year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for universities, schools, employers, professional institutions and engineers to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.
New this year, Wednesday 6 November is This Is Engineering Day, created by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is a day dedicated to publicly celebrating the engineers and engineering shaping our everyday lives and the world around us. This year’s campaign is focussed on encouraging more young people from all backgrounds into the profession, showing what 21st century engineers and engineering really look like.
There’s clear evidence that giving young people the opportunity to engage with business has a positive impact on their future employability and we already have an existing group of inspirational STEM Ambassador role models who bring real-world applications of STEM subjects to life with young people on our sites and locally with schools and youth groups. We have over 230 STEM Ambassadors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at QinetiQ who inspire young people throughout the year through STEM outreach activities, showing real world applications of STEM subjects and raising awareness of the wide variety of rewarding career paths.
This week, our STEM Ambassadors have been participating in the following events, and we have also been using our social media channels to share inspiring engineering career insights from our people:
- On Thursday 7 November, the first Blue Skies outreach programmes began with the Jon Egging Trust as part of a new QinetiQ-JET partnership in Wiltshire, starting with Avon Valley College in Wiltshire.
- On Friday 8 November we welcomed 100 year 9 students to our Malvern site to participate in a variety of hands-on activities to grow the students’ technical and problem-solving skills such as programming Lego robots to navigate an obstacle course, coding with Raspberry Pi and android app creation.
- Anna Adamek and Sarah Schöngarth, QinetiQ gmbh, share their engineering inspirations in a short video on Twitter and LinkedIn
- Farhaan Lorgat, Power Sources Engineer, was featured by the IMechE in their career spotlight series on Twitter
QinetiQ early careers vacancies
If you have been inspired by Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and looking to start a career in engineering, or know a young person who is looking to enter the profession, please do share our Early Careers opportunities; our Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Placement programmes (starting September 2020) are live and open for applications.