Tomorrow's Engineers Week looks to inspire young people into engineering careers

ICE is once again supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which takes place all week until 6 November with a raft of activities across the country to encourage schoolchildren to enter one of the exciting and diverse range of careers available in the civil engineering industry.

Tomorrow’s Engineers aims to bring engineering to life and for young people.
Tomorrow’s Engineers aims to bring engineering to life and for young people.

The programme aims to bring engineering to life and get young people thinking about a career they may not have considered before.

Led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tomorrow’s Engineers works with a wide array of partners, including businesses, charities and not for profit organisations and is made up of a number of initiatives, such as industry visits and workshops. It also facilitates partnerships with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassadors and careers resources, to help schools to incorporate engineering topics into the curriculum.

Amongst the activities taking place, led by ICE Regional teams are a coastal challenge run by ICE Wales with the Universities of South Wales, Cardiff and Swansea and workshops run by volunteers from Network Rail, Mouchel, Atkins and Rolls Royce at the Innovation Birmingham Campus.

ICE Northern Ireland is taking a group of practising civil engineers back to their old schools to run engaging workshops and give talks on what it’s like to be a civil engineer. Joanna Anderson who is ICE North West Chair’s apprentice, on a special song for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2015. Joanna’s song, which aims to reach out to and inspire the next generation of engineers in a fun way, and challenge outdated perceptions about engineering careers.

Nick Baveystock, ICE General Director commented on the importance of campaigns like Tomorrow’s Engineers in addressing the need to vastly increase the number of apprentices and graduates entering the industry.

“Civil engineering is a diverse, fascinating and exciting industry, where you can literally shape the world in which we live and make a real difference. We – engineering institutions, industry and academia – must do more to show this crucial generation of schoolchildren, their parents and their teachers, the range of opportunities on offer. Schools also have a duty to lead the drive in overcoming outdated perceptions about careers in engineering, and ensure they are accessible to all.

“In the decade to 2022, engineering companies will need 182,000 people a year with engineering skills. This means we need to double the number of apprentices and graduates entering the industry. This is the scale of the challenge we face, and this is why collaborative, inspirational campaigns like Tomorrow’s Engineers Week are so important.”

For details on how you can help us to inspire young people visit our ICE Ambassadors page. To find out how you can get involved with Tomorrow’s Engineers visit or Tweet your support using the hashtag #TEWeek2015

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