Young Engineers in the Making

Yesterday marked the start of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2020. The aim of which is to inspire young people to consider a career in Engineering – a topic we have covered in great depth previously.

The Pandemic

Over the course of this year, the pandemic has highlighted the stark disadvantage that students from poorer backgrounds have when entering skilled career pathways, such as Engineering, compared to their wealthier counterparts. Not only has the pandemic highlighted this disadvantage but it has also exacerbated it. With many classes being delivered online and remote access to resources becoming more and more important, those students unable to afford the right devices or the right tools are falling behind.

Digital exclusion is becoming a new, increasingly important hurdle that needs to be navigated. Organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week are working with authorities at every level of the education system to try and change this.

Engineering in the Future

As we have seen, since March 2020, Engineering Manufacturing and Technology are integral to our way of life and adapting our existing models of manufacturing using engineer’s knowledge and technology’s abilities is going to be key to saving our dying planet.

According to Dr Hilary Leeves, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, “Many thousands of engineers will be needed in new jobs in infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects to upgrade our hospitals, schools and road network, make public buildings greener and help the UK achieve its aspirations of achieving Net Zero by 2050.”

Jobs in Engineering

Job security in Engineering along with opportunities for progression and being at the forefront of new developments are key attractions for a career in Engineering. Not to mention that it is a rewarding career with an average salary (according to statistics from Indeed) of £34,032 pa. So, if you are a young person or know a young person looking for a career in engineering or are unsure of what to do, we are more than happy as expert engineering recruiters to provide some career advice to get started – simply get in touch with your local Select office.

There are events taking place in schools up and down the country this week, hoping to prove just how creative and exciting an industry it is. If you are an engineer and want to get involved in the conversation on LinkedIn, follow the hashtag #TEWeek20 and take a look at the initiative’s website: https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

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