Reece Group Supports the Year of Engineering 2018

8th March 2018

The Government has launched a pioneering campaign that aims to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession.

Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering – and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents and a lack of diversity in the sector – the workforce is 91% male and 94% white.

Reece Group is committed to investing in the next generation of engineers and together with Reece Foundation, runs a school STEM engagement programme to open-up the world of engineering to young people.

Dianne Mackay, executive assistant, Reece Group, said: “For over 160 years the Armstrong Works has been a world leader in innovative engineering and manufacturing and Reece Group are committed to continuing that tradition.

“By investing in our young people and giving them the chance to experience first-hand the wide range of careers that STEM subjects can offer, we can create a talent pipeline for the future.

“Events such as our Women in Engineering Day and hosting 140 girl guides to compete in a Robotics Challenge also aim to address the gender Gap in the industry.”

Skills Minister, Anne Milton said: “I want to see everyone whatever their background, wherever they live to have a chance to get a rewarding career or job in engineering whether they come via a technical or academic route.

“The Year of Engineering gives us a great opportunity to work together with business to inspire a new generation of world class engineers. We want to build the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that we need for a growing economy, as highlighted in the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Over the course of 2018, Reece Group will be supporting the Year of Engineering campaign with a range of activities.

Watch the Year of Engineering launch video here: