UK-wide assembly set to showcase engineers on a mission

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Ninety per cent of young people dream of a career that tackles social issues – that’s according to data from Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. This year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week aims to capitalize on that, and encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Cedars Academy Birstall is hosting the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place 5-9 November. On 7 November at 10.30am, the first Big Assembly will take place. The Big Assembly offers children across the UK the chance to take part in a live-streamed discussion with a panel of inspiring engineers.

The engineers will discuss their careers and the positive impacts they have had. They’ll give children the chance to see the real difference engineering has in the world. Topics including the use of engineering to help save lives, help animals, tackle homelessness and preserve the environment will be covered.

The Cedars Academy in Birstall – a LLEP Enterprise Advisor Network school –  is hosting the Big Assembly, and pupils will be able to ask questions to the panel via social media. Footage of the event will also be available on demand after the live broadcast has finished.

Engineers were surveyed on what they would like to get across to young people taking part in the event. Most described their careers as having many different positive effects, from providing safe drinking water to helping advance medical science.

Here in Leicester and Leicestershire, Engineers have a host of options for future careers. Our Enterprize Zones are hotbeds of engineering innovation, and are seeing advances in life sciences and space technology.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week coincides with the Leicester Business Festival 2018. Verity Hancock, Principal and CEO of Leicester College, and LLEP board member for education, said:

“A key part of Leicester Business Festival is inspiring the next generation, whether that’s by helping them choose a career path or assisting them as they take their first steps in business. It’s fantastic that Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is running concurrently.

Engineering is key to our local economy here in Leicester and Leicestershire, and the LLEP is proud to assist the Cedars Academy in hosting the Big Assembly and inspiring the engineers of tomorrow. By the time these budding engineers qualify, the Leicester Space Park will be fully operational, giving them the chance to apply their skills at an international centre of excellence.”

Now in its sixth year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 5-9 November and provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.

Employers, schools, colleges and universities are invited to get involved to help inspire the next generation of engineers by downloading a toolkit of ideas, which also includes more information on the Big Assembly.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly is sponsored by BCS, ICE, IET, IMechE and Year of Engineering and is supported by other professional institutions.