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Inspiring the next generation of young engineers

15 July 2016

This month, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on young people and their parents to visit the AMTC in Coventry, hosted by Bosch Rexroth, which is taking part in Engineering Open House Day 2016.

Image from last year's event

The event will be taking place at on 29 July as part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign which showcases the exciting engineering career opportunities that are open to young people. 

The IET is working with venues where engineers play a central role in the day-to-day running of their organisation. With demand for engineers far exceeding supply, and with only nine percent of them in the UK today being women, the IET is hoping to inspire a new generation of engineers through the Engineering Open House events.

Research from the IET in 2015 highlighted that more than two thirds (71 percent) of children say they would be interested in an engineering career when shown inspirational information about the creativity and breadth of opportunities available. These aspects of engineering will be key features of Engineering Open House Day.  

All organisations involved will give young people and their parents the chance to explore the variety of stimulating and creative careers in modern engineering by putting on tours, workshops and talks from inspirational engineers. Guests will also have the chance to ask engineers about their career experiences, what they actually do and why the industry appealed to them. 

Alastair Johnstone, Managing Director from Bosch Rexroth, one of the organisations taking part in the Engineering Open House Day said:

“We’re excited to host an event for the IET’s Engineering Open House Day this summer. It will be an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic opportunities that a job in the engineering sector can hold. Engineering Open House Day is a truly great initiative which we hope will inspire and encourage a diverse mix of children to consider a career in the industry.”

Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET): 

“Many parents, particularly those with daughters, aren’t aware of how many different types of engineering jobs there are – and that these jobs can be creative, rewarding, and make a real difference to people’s lives. Engineering Open House Day is a great way to show parents and young people the diverse variety of exciting engineering careers on offer all over the country, while also celebrating the valuable work that engineers do every day.”

To find out more about the events on offer and how to register for a place at the IET’s Engineering Open House Day 2016, please visit: http://www.engineer-a-better-world.org/engineering-open-house-day.


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