Tomorrow's Engineers week targets the engineering skills gap

A week of activities begins today, designed to showcase the exciting and diverse range of careers on offer in engineering.

The programme has already directly reached over 300,000 young people just in the past year
The programme has already directly reached over 300,000 young people just in the past year

Tomorrow's Engineers Week is addressing the fact that 186,000 engineers are needed every year through to 2024.

ICE and over 300 employers and professional bodies from across the engineering community are joining universities, schools and individuals in the week-long drive to inspire the next generation of engineers.

To meet that demand for engineers more young people need to understand how what they learn at school is used in the real world.

Now in its fifth year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week gives them the chance to talk directly to engineers and engage in hands-on activities that showcase engineering. The programme has already directly reached over 300,000 young people in the past year. The goal is to create a national network of employers working locally to reach 1 million young people every.

To coincide with Tomorrow's Engineers Week, ICE will be launching brand new web section for teachers, parents and young people to give them an insight into what civil engineering is – and how to build a career as a civil engineer.

This online portal will be home to a host of useful materials, including presentations, classroom learning packs and posters, categorised by age.

“ICE is proud to have been heavily involved in delivering Tomorrow’s Engineers Week over a number of years through our work with schools and colleges across the UK,” says ICE Director of Membership Sean Harris.

“Our STEM ambassadors work tirelessly throughout the year delivering inspirational talks and providing practical demonstrations on engineering while our national and regional teams attend careers fairs and events such as Big Bang.

“As technology matures and develops, so too do the range of rewarding careers within civil engineering. We will continue to work with educators and influencers to ensure we rise to the challenge of bridging the engineering skills gap. We will inspire the next generation of civil engineer and support them in their design and delivery of the infrastructure that society needs.“

What’s happening at ICE?

ICE Northern Ireland’s Ambassadors will be going ‘back to school’ at their alma maters to discuss their career paths.

ICE South West will be helping Clifton Suspension Bridge in delivering a day of activities for pre-19 students and will also be present at Stroud careers event ‘Ambitions’. They’ll also be attending a careers event at Dartmoor Zoo especially aimed at encouraging girls to study STEM subjects.

ICE Yorkshire and Humber will be running ‘Skyscraper Challenges’ at engineering activity days in Rotherham and York as well as a giant tetrahedron activity in Huddersfield.

ICE Wales Cymru will be running engineering team challenges across Wales.

ICE North East are running activities demonstrating cable stayed bridges at schools and will also host a ‘Meet the Engineer’ event at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

ICE London Graduates and Students Committee are running a competition for young people to design innovative underground spaces. All the shortlisted teams will attend the final with ICE President Tim Broyd presenting the winning team with an award.

ICE South East England will have a stand at the Winchester Science Festival manned by a diverse group of members and ICE STEM Ambassadors. They will provide career and membership information and an interactive activity for attendees.

Get involved

If you’ve been inspired by Tomorrow’s Engineers and would like to get involved with helping recruit the next generation of engineers, visit our ‘Help us inspire young people’ page or contact your local regional team.