Government announces that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be joining forces with government, industry and other organisations as part of a year-long campaign to showcase inspiring examples of engineering, tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Today, Thursday 16 November, the government announced that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers.

The campaign will encourage young people from all backgrounds to take a closer look at engineering, challenging stereotypes and showcasing the variety and creativity of this forward-looking and innovative sector.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK economy, but we also have a shortfall in qualified engineering graduates, and a lack of diversity in the profession – the engineering workforce is 94 per cent white and 91 per cent male.

EPSRC Chief Executive, Professor Philip Nelson, said: “Engineers play a vital role in the UK whose work can be seen and felt in every area of society, from transport and energy to healthcare and communications.

“It is an exciting and varied discipline with the potential to transform the world, driving improvements that will be enjoyed by all and delivering long-term growth.

EPSRC is proud to support the Year of Engineering and looks forward to further inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”

To celebrate the announcement, Year of Engineering partners are highlighting some of the many different ways that individuals and organisations can #inspireanengineer on social media – follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out more.

The Year of Engineering launches in January 2018. To find out more, visit the Year of Engineering partner website or follow the Year of Engineering campaign on Twitter.

Reference: PN 72-17