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6 November-National day for engineering announced to combat narrow perception of profession

6 November-National day for engineering announced to combat narrow perception of profession

 13 Sep 2019

Royal Academy of Engineering highlights that misconceptions about engineers and lack of understanding of the profession means young people are missing opportunities to make a difference to our world.

  • New research has revealed that 76% of young people aged 11 – 19 do not know a lot about what people working in engineering do
  • Engineering careers can have a positive impact on our future society and environment. While 42% of young people aged 11 -19 think making a difference and having a positive impact on the world is important when choosing a career, almost half had not ever thought about becoming an engineer
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering is launching This is Engineering Day on 6 November to raise awareness of what an engineer is, and to celebrate those who shape our future

Engineering could be one of the most poorly understood STEM careers, with new research showing that over three quarters (76%) of young people aged 11 – 19 do not know a lot about what those working in engineering do2– and this could have far-reaching implications for all of us.

Indeed, according to the World Economic Forum, there are many engineering roles that will be crucial in positively shaping our future society and protecting our environment. However, the UK has an annual shortfall of up to 59,000 engineers3 every year, and research shows that the majority of young people aged 11 – 19 ‘probably or definitely’ do not want to become an engineer (52%).

Their parents need support in developing a greater understanding of engineering as well: 72% of parents do not know a lot about what people working in the profession do, and yet 63% of 11 – 16-year olds would consider going to their parents for careers advice.

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