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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week starts today

Employers and industry professionals are encouraged to help inspire a new generation to pursue careers in engineering by getting involved in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which starts today.

This year’s initiative centres on the #EngineerOnAMission campaign which celebrates engineers who are making efforts to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.

The campaign is fronted by five engineers from across the UK, who each feature in a film highlighting the impact engineers have on people’s lives. The films will be shown to around 50,000 students at the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly on Wednesday.

Employers, professional bodies, universities, schools and individual engineers are also invited to get involved with their own initiatives and can download toolkits of ideas at www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek

“We want every young person to see that engineering offers a varied, stimulating and rewarding career,” commented EngineeringUK’s CEO Dr Hilary Leevers. “The UK needs tens of thousands more engineers and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet this demand.”

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is now in its seventh year. Among the five fronting this year’s campaign is lifeboat systems engineer Rhodri Lewis of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who builds, develops and maintains rescue equipment to ensure it is in good working order when the institution’s volunteers go to sea.

Also involved are Ellen Harper of the University of Strathclyde who develops systems to help those with restricted mobility to swim, civil engineer Hiba Khan who works on international flood defences, healthcare engineer Rebecca Shipley who is focused on cancer treatment and software engineer with the UK Dementia Research Institute Severin Skillman.