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Local MP, Peter Luff, has signed a pledge to promote engineering and to do all he can to inspire young people to become engineers.
At an event in Parliament hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Peter Luff said,

“Engineering is part of everyday life and engineers make a world of difference. Engineers work in jobs as diverse as designing new hair care products, providing safer drinking water, designing stage lighting rigs and new mobile phones, and inventing new cars and space travel. I will be doing all that I can to show young people in my constituency what a great career engineering could be for them.”

“Figures suggest that engineering companies will have 2.74 million job openings between 2010 and 2020 across a diverse range of disciplines. However far too few school children are choosing the GCSEs, A Levels, Apprenticeships, degrees or other vocational pathways that will lead to engineering careers.

“I will continue with my campaign to make sure young people, and particularly girls, realise what an exciting career engineering can be and I think the work being done by the IET is an excellent way to promote this career option.”

IET President Barry Brooks said:

“Engineering underpins our everyday lives but we are facing a serious skills shortage. We urgently need to encourage more young people to take the right subjects at school and then progress into jobs in the engineering sector. It will be this next generation of engineers and technicians who help to solve the challenges that we face in the 21st century such as devising ways to protect the environment, including suitable sources of energy, more efficient transport and other infrastructure, all to make for a better society and a stronger economy.”

The IET event was part of a programme of events building up to Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which takes place from 4th - 8th November 2013 and is a collaborative effort between industry and government. The campaign aims to change outdated perceptions about engineering careers among young people, their parents and teachers and will demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people’s everyday lives.

For further information about Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and to find out how to get involved, visit


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