The MP for Denton and Reddish has pledged support for engineering at an event in parliament hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Ahead of the forthcoming ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’ (#TEWeek13), Andrew Gwynne committed to working with schools and industry in Denton and Reddish to encourage more young people, particularly women, to pursue careers in engineering.
IET President Barry Brooks said: “Engineering underpins our everyday lives but we are facing a serious skills shortage. We urgently need to encourage more young people to take the right subjects at school and then progress into jobs in the engineering sector. It will be this next generation of engineers and technicians who help to solve the challenges that we face in the 21st century such as devising ways to protect the environment, including suitable sources of energy, more efficient transport and other infrastructure, all to make for a better society and a stronger economy.
“I hope that, through the range of activity taking place for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, we will be able to show how diverse, creative and exciting a career in modern engineering can be.”
Speaking at the IET’s Parliamentary event on 22 October, Andrew Gwynne said:
“Engineering is part of everyday life and engineers make a world of difference. Engineers work in jobs as diverse as designing new hair care products, providing safer drinking water, designing stage lighting rigs and new mobile phones, and inventing new cars and space travel. I will be doing all that I can to show young people in my constituency what a great career engineering could be for them.”
Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 4th-8th November 2013 and is a collaborative effort between industry and government. The campaign aims to change outdated perceptions about engineering careers among young people, their parents and teachers and will demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people’s everyday lives.
Local MP Andrew Gwynne added:
“Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is an important campaign and I am delighted to support it. There are many engineering employers within my constituency, and I have seen first-hand the contribution that young engineers are making to those companies and to our local economy.”
According to EngineeringUK, engineering companies will have 2.74 million job openings between 2010 and 2020 across a diverse range of disciplines. However far too few school children, particularly girls, are choosing the GCSEs, A Levels, Apprenticeships, degrees or other vocational pathways that will lead to engineering careers.
For further information about Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and to find out how to get involved, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk