We’re highlighting the incredible work of engineers this week as part of Tomorrow’s Engineering Week 2019 (4-8 November).
The annual event is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and change the public perception of engineering, whilst highlighting the many different opportunities available within this exciting industry.
It’s not just about hard hats and construction sites! Did you know, we have engineers to thank for bath bombs, YouTube, and rollercoasters, as well as clean water and medical technologies?
The campaign has been created by the Royal Academy of Engineering and aims to address the significant skills and diversity shortfall hampering the profession. Every year, the UK is short of 59,000 engineers, while only 12% of the professional engineers in the UK are female, and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Helping us to challenge these stereotypes is former Nottingham College student Sorria Douglas (pictured above) who is now thriving in her role as Junior Mechanical Design Engineer at L.A.C Conveyors and Automation. We’ll be publishing her blog on Wednesday 6th November as part of This is Engineering Day – a day to celebrate the engineers shaping the world around us.
Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, comments:
“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 the lack of understanding around engineering is stopping them from exploring careers that will enable them to do this.
“This matters because we face an estimated shortfall of up to 59,000 engineers each year in the UK, and there is a pressing need to diversify our engineering workforce since only 12% of professional engineers are female and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. That’s why we’re making 6 November This is Engineering Day, to raise awareness of what engineers really do and celebrate those that are shaping the world we live in.”
For more information on the campaign, and to show your support visit www.thisisengineering.org.uk and follow @ThisIsEngineering on Instagram.
Here at College we offer a range of enterprising engineering and technology courses and apprenticeships- the perfect choice if you enjoy figuring out how things work and have a curious mind. Take a look.