Editor's comment: Engineers on a mission...

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

03 September 2019

Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT
Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT

Initial plans for this year’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (which will run from 4-8 November 2019, #TEWeek19) have been announced, with ‘Engineers on a mission’ set to be its theme, focusing on the impact engineers make on the nation’s health & wellbeing.

This editorial was originally featured in the September 2019 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week
provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to showcase how engineers working in all sectors are on a mission to make the world a better place...

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week shines an annual spotlight on engineering careers through a campaign involving hundreds of employers, individual engineers, professional institutions, parliamentarians and schools joining forces in a week-long drive to inspire the next generation of engineers. It’s led by EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit organisation which works with the engineering community – employers and professional institutions – to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.

At its heart will be the ‘Big Assembly’ (which will take place and be streamed live at 10:30am on Wednesday 6th November – and will subsequently be available on demand 24 hours later), during which around 50,000 young people nationwide are expected to take part in the same school assembly at the same time. The Big Assembly will feature inspirational engineers on a mission to improve people’s health and the nation’s wellbeing by protecting the environment. Schools can sign up to take part now at: www.bigassembly.org/register-tew/

During Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, the Royal Academy of Engineering will also unveil the next major phase of its This is Engineering campaign, a day of partner activities to change perceptions of engineering among the wider public. This is Engineering is a digital campaign showing young people what engineering really looks like, bringing it to life through videos that give them the opportunity to consider a future in engineering and pursue a career that is rewarding, future-shaping, varied, well-paid and in-demand.

It aims to show that engineering is at the cutting edge: from robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to mobile phones, medical technology, advanced sports equipment and driverless cars, engineering is shaping the future all around us – and that engineering is for everyone: whatever your background and whatever you love – whether it’s fashion, film, sport, music or technology.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week similarly aims to demonstrate how young people can be an engineer on a mission and turn the things they care about most into engineering careers. This chimes with many young people who want to do something meaningful with their lives, with 83% of millennials saying they want to work for organisations that have a positive impact on society.

Employers, professional bodies, universities, schools and individual engineers can get involved to help inspire the next generation of engineers by registering for a toolkit of ideas, which includes being part of the engineers on a mission campaign. Visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek to register.

EPDT September’s issue contains features on Test & Measurement technologies & Energy applications, plus our twice-yearly Electronics Outsourcing supplement. Read more on what's inside EPDT this month...

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