BITC Responsible Business Week – Engineering The Future
BITC’s Responsible Business Week, an opportunity for UK businesses to demonstrate what they do for their communities and why has officially arrived. Over the coming days we will be posting our take on responsible business, from supporting local charities to going green, but we’d like to begin the week with a look at youth skills, and why it matters to us.
One of the key issues in our industry right now is the skills gap. For those with a passion for engineering, this can be saddening, because we know the amazing opportunities this sector offers, but beyond that, an engineering skills gap could have a massive impact on the UK economy. In short, it’s a concern we should all share.
Bodies such as the IET, EEF and ImechE have conducted extensive research to determine why young people are not choosing engineering, and gallingly, many of the reasons cited are based on complete misconceptions about what it means to be an engineer.
At adi, we share a genuine love of what we do, and want to share that with the next generation. Our work with young people essentially splits into two fields – developing young engineers through our Apprenticeship Academy, and encouraging young people to consider engineering through our work with local schools.
Currently, we have 14 apprentices in our Academy. Whilst some are training to work in a practical capacity, the academy offers a route in to all aspects of the business, whether that’s administration, facilities management or mechanical or electrical trades. We believe that changing the perception of engineering is one of the most important responsibilities for businesses in our sector, and we try to impress upon all our apprentices how vast, versatile and lucrative engineering is as a discipline.
We also have strong partnerships with three local schools, which we try to support in promoting STEM subjects. In light of the extreme gender imbalance in the industry, we are especially proud of our work with local girls’ schools. Just 9% of the UK’s engineering workforce are women, and we feel that encouraging young women to explore the possibilities of a career as an engineer is extremely important.
Over the coming year we hope to inspire more young people to find out how exciting a career in engineering can be. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more, please view our Careers Page to see what opportunities we currently have across the Group.BACK TO ARTICLES