Inspiring the next generation of engineers
Just type ‘engineering skills shortages’ into Google and you will find a raft of articles talking about the lack of skilled professionals facing infrastructure projects - we certainly see this as a specialist recruiter in rail, power and the built environment. If you then add the IET prediction that 50% of the workforce is due to retire by 2022, then it is absolutely vital that young people are inspired to study and pursue a career in engineering and construction.
Rail Week has recently delivered 157 events up and down the country, all aimed at inspiring the next generation to set their sights on a future in engineering and construction. It is universally agreed that children need to be engaged with subjects like maths and science from an early age to instil a longer term commitment for STEM subjects which then translates into practical skills and higher education opportunities within engineering and construction.
Can childhood obsessions support STEM learning?
How can we support this as parents, grandparents and carers of young children? Can we harness childhood obsessions such as Lego and Minecraft and use them to support STEM learning and as a way of inspiring young children to develop a future in engineering and construction? Could schools and ambassadors that support the @Rail Week campaign incorporate these tools to engage young children more effectively?
There can’t be a single person who hasn’t at least heard of Lego, it is after all the number one selling and most influential toy of all time. Minecraft might not be quite so well-known so to explain it is a game or app played via tablet or console. It is a construction based game which allows children to design, construct, demolish and mine materials to create their creative visions. From building entire worlds, to constructing individual buildings or structures, the options are limitless.
By creating this blog, we hope to help raise awareness and support the campaigns of our clients and programmes like Rail Week and Young Rail Professionals in finding as many ways as possible to help inspire young people to join a thriving, exciting and diverse industry.