I am passionate about inspiring young people to become the engineers of the future. But the UK faces an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year, with half of companies in the sector saying the shortage is having a significant impact on their productivity and growth. This is not good news for the economy or if we want the UK to be a leader in innovation.
One of the major challenges we face is encouraging young people to become the next generation of engineers.
So I am calling on businesses in our area to help me in opening the minds of young people to the opportunities and significance of engineering by joining the Solent Festival of Engineering on Thursday 8th November from 10.30-3pm at Fareham Leisure Centre.The Festival, the first of its kind in the area, will bring together the regions innovators and give young people the opportunity to better understand the importance of engineering and to find out about the many careers available to them.
The support of local companies will be invaluable in helping to inspire and educate young people in Fareham. All companies who take part will be credited on my website, www.suellabraverman.co.uk. It is free for you to hold a stall and take part in the Festival. If participating companies would like to support the Festival further, they can sponsor the event. So far Saab Seaeye have pledged their support as a sponsor.
The festival is open to all primary and secondary schools and colleges in Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth, Southampton and Havant. Companies will have the chance to showcase their work and meet potential new recruits, apprentices and the engineers of the tomorrow.
Those companies attending, or any seeking to attend, are encouraged to consider interactive and engaging experiments or examples of their work which can engage a younger audience in the value of engineering. Companies have until Monday 10th September 2018 to sign up, and can do so by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The government is driving forward plans to raise the profile of engineering amongst young people. The Year of Engineering, which launched on Monday 15th January, will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to raise the profile of engineering among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. This will include offering at least a million direct experiences of engineering to young people from all backgrounds – from behind the scenes tours and family days out, to school visits and the chance to meet engineering role models.
(2018 Apprenticeship Fair)