2018: The Year of Engineering

January 16, 2018

2018 is officially the Year of Engineering! The UK government begins its yearlong campaign supporting the engineering profession and recruiting the next generation of engineers. Beginning on January 15th and led by the Departments for Transport, Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Education and the Ministry of Defence, the Year of Engineering seeks to address the skills shortage within the engineering sector as well as a lack of diversity.

We are delighted to support this campaign throughout 2018 as we attempt to tackle the prevailing issues within the industry. Principally, by raising the profile of engineering, we will seek to widen the pool of young people that consider engineering to be an attainable career choice.

Throughout 2018, there will be a variety of Ford events promoting the central aims of the Year of Engineering, encouraging young students to continue their engineering journey through to apprenticeships, higher education and finally, as a career. Engineering isn’t just hard hats and manual roles, it’s an exciting and creative profession that improves people’s lives. By supporting the Year of Engineering, we are helping to ensure that the next generation of innovators and problem solvers join the industry and help shape the future of the world we live in.

Another focus of our Year of Engineering events is to address the current disparities within the engineering workforce. With women taking up one in every eight engineering occupations and only 15% of engineering graduates being female, there is a clear disconnect that this campaign will confront.

For updates on Ford’s Year of Engineering events, follow @FordUK on Twitter and Facebook and keep an eye out for FordSocial articles throughout 2018.

For updates from the Year of Engineering, follow @YoEgovuk