BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is teaming up with government and hundreds of industry partners to launch the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
Throughout 2018, young people and their parents will have the chance to take a closer look at engineering, with thousands of inspiring experiences of engineering on offer throughout the country. Through bringing young people face to face with engineering achievements and role models, the campaign will showcase the creativity, variety and innovation across the profession. It will also highlight the opportunities and benefits of engineering careers for all young people – regardless of their gender, ethnicity or social background.
Julia Adamson, Director of Education at BCS says: “BCS is delighted to support the Year of Engineering campaign and encourage the next generation of engineers. IT and digital skills are as part of the engineering profession as mechanical and civil engineering, and it is currently one of the professions where recruitment is growing steadily, making it an attractive prospect for anyone considering their future career. From paving the way for medical breakthroughs, making a much-loved hobby possible for someone with a disability, to bringing music, film and theatre to life, there are tremendous career opportunities for young people in this area.What’s more, digital engineers are in high demand and the number of positions available within the profession grows every year. For young people making some key life decisions, a job in IT could prove to be a great choice. For those with the right skills there is an opportunity to take advantage of the current demand for IT, tech and digital talent. This growing sector allows individuals to be creative, solve problems and influence change at a scale that very few professions can match.”
With the Year of Engineering officially underway, engineers and organisations across the country are marking the launch by celebrating the positive impact of engineering – from paving the way for medical breakthroughs, or making a much-loved hobby possible for someone with a disability, to bringing music, film and theatre to life.
During launch week, parents are also being encouraged to find out how they can get involved by visiting the Year of Engineering website, which includes details of engineering activities and events taking place throughout 2018, and can follow the campaign on Twitter.