The Royal Academy of Engineering is planning to lead a second “This is Engineering Day” towards the end of this year.
As a way of celebrating the engineers shaping our everyday lives and the world around us, This is Engineering Day 2020 will be themed “Be the difference” and engineering companies, organisations and individual engineers are all invited to get involved and think of ways in which they can showcase how engineers make a difference – online, on social media or via events and engagement activities.
Many of the emerging and in-demand jobs identified by the World Economic Forum are engineering jobs, yet every year the UK is short of up to 59,000 engineers, while only 12% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
So far, the “This is Engineering” campaign is having impact – before the campaign launched in January 2018, 39% of young people surveyed aged 11-19 said they would consider a career in engineering but by the end of 2019 this had risen to 60% among those had seen the campaign videos.
According to Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering,
more than 150 engineering companies and organisations across the UK have so far pledged to help the Academy to show a different, diverse and surprising image of the profession.
“Today, we’re calling for even more partners to join our This is Engineering campaign and celebrate the event in November as we continue our work to transform the image of engineering so that many more talented young people from all backgrounds can see a future for themselves in this vital and rewarding profession.”