Thu, 03 October, 2019
The Welding Institute is getting behind Tomorrow’s Engineer’s Week in order to change the image of engineering and showcase how engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place.
The seventh Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek19) will take place 4-8 November 2019 and includes the inaugural This Is Engineering Day on 6 November.
TWI is also once again supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week as part of the ongoing school’s outreach programme. Senior Project Leader, Sofia Del Pozo will be joined by PhD student Pedro Santos in a visit to the Perse School in Cambridge for This Is Engineering Day, where they will attend a careers convention to promote engineering to Year 10 and sixth form students as well as parents and supporters.
Created by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Week provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers, while This is Engineering Day will set out to challenge the public stereotype of the engineer. This campaign has already gained support from names like Amazon, Ocado and Facebook to showcase what 21st Century engineers and engineering really look like.
This is Engineering Day will also see the launch of a series of films celebrating engineers on a mission to help the nation’s health and well-being, as well as the second Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly.
Beth Elgood from EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, explained, “Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers. The number of professional engineering institutions, engineering employers and individual engineers who participate in this collective drive to raise the profile of engineers grows each year.”
She continued, “Whether it’s visiting a school to talk about engineering careers as part of the Big Assembly, staging an event to celebrate what engineers do or supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week on social media there are lots of ways to get involved.”
The Royal Academy of Engineering will also create a public library of images that are representative of engineers in the 21st Century, and are calling on the engineering community get involved by submitting images to be hosted on Flickr. Contributions can be made directly to the Academy and more details can be found by contacting the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The This Is Engineering Library will be launched to the wider public on This is Engineering Day.
Engineering has long been solely associated with men in hard hats on construction sites, but this is far from the reality of engineering in the modern world, as Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, explained, “Engineering and technology play an incredible role in shaping the world around us and in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from providing a sustainable supply of food, water and clean energy, to advancing healthcare, and keeping us safe and secure. We know that young people increasingly want to tackle these issues and make a difference in the world, but unfortunately a lack of understanding of who engineers are and what engineering does in the 21st century is stopping young people from considering it as a career.”
Hayaatun added, “Engineering has so many extraordinary opportunities for young people, but the UK has a shortfall of 59,000 engineers every year, while only 12% of professional engineers are female and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. We hope that This is Engineering Day can shine a light on who engineers really are and what they do, so that we can banish the outdated stereotypes that prevent young people from seeing a future for themselves in this crucial and rewarding profession.”
If you want to get involved and join us in promoting engineering and inspiring the next generation, you can download a toolkit of ideas at www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek.
For more information on the campaign, and to show your support visit www.thisisengineering.org.uk and follow @ThisIsEngineering on Instagram.
(Photo Credit: This is Engineering)