Tue, 31 August, 2021
TWI has become a partner organisation of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP).
The award-winning programme is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with engineering employers, with the aim of increasing the transition of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into employment.
The past five years has seen over 900 students partake in the programme, of whom over 90% were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and the Academy works with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), who provide support for GEEP recruitment by providing insightful speakers, mentors and more.
This year sees the beginning of a new expanded offering for students and company partners to deliver more activities and a year-long engagement to help even more students access careers in engineering. These activities include 2-day workshop events, insight sessions to develop knowledge and awareness of career paths, mock assessments, mentoring, work placements and online resources for further support. Students will also have a Student Liaison Officer to help develop a personal development plan based on their existing skills and experience.
TWI will provide representatives to support workshops and speed networking events to maintain engagement among other activities. We have joined companies including AMEY, Buro Happold, National Grid, Network Rail, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Teledyne UK Limited and WSP as programme partners this year.
Speaking on the initiative, TWI’s Head of HR, Elizabeth Andrews, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for TWI to benefit from a wealth of untapped talent. At a time where we are painfully aware of how difficult it is to recruit innovative engineers we welcome this inclusive programme and look forward to joining with other companies to support the future of engineering."
You can find out more about the programme here.