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New programme champions engineering careers

Skills

An online programme called “Engineering Around Us” has been launched to attract more young people into the profession by highlighting the role engineering plays in everyday life.

The programme – produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and ITN Productions – champions engineering through interviews with industry professionals and explores how universities are changing their programmes to meet the industry’s needs.

It focuses on the need to inspire more young people into engineering careers and to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

According to the IET Skills Survey 2016, 50% of companies said that typical new engineering and technology recruits do not meet their reasonable expectations.

“Our new online programme addresses the current most important challenges we are facing in the engineering and technology industry,” said IET director of policy Alison Carr.

“In order to get more young people interested in engineering careers we have to increase awareness and show them that there is a huge range of exciting, rewarding and creative opportunities. We hope that this new programme will go some way to help us do this.”

Engineering’s ubiquity makes it vital to society, added ITN Productions head of industry news Simon Shelley.

“The idea of our partnership with the IET is to use the power of video to explain the role that engineering plays in our everyday lives,” he said.

“But we know that great design and engineering seems so effortless, and it’s so ingrained in our lives that it can sometimes be invisible, and this leads to the continual problem that the engineers who are literally shaping our future don’t get the credit they deserve – and we face the challenge of attracting more young people to a career in engineering.

“We hope this programme will engage and inform viewers from across the sector and increase awareness of the array of exciting opportunities in engineering.”

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