‘Inspire an Engineer’ Initiative

‘Inspire an Engineer’ Initiative

Engineering – Take a closer look

LB Bentley Ltd (LBB) will be joining forces with government and industry to give thousands of young people inspiring experiences of engineering, as part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

On Thursday 16th November 2017, the government announced that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. The campaign will encourage young people from all backgrounds to take a closer look at engineering, challenging stereotypes and showcasing the variety and creativity of this forward-looking and innovative sector.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK economy, but we also have shortfall in qualified engineering graduates, and a lack of diversity in the profession – the engineering workforce is 94% white and 91% male.

LB Bentley will be supporting the campaign in a number of ways, such as:

  • Continuing to take part in local school careers initiatives with our Engineering Manager, Bryan Sanderson, promoting engineering in ‘Meet the Professional’ sessions
  • Taking part in career activities in local schools and colleges
  • Promoting and supporting apprenticeship schemes
  • Taking part in local careers and specialist engineering events such as ‘Festomane’
  • Supporting work experience for local young people

And continue to take part in the Stroud Skills Employability Charter which ensure that LBB have the processes and procedure in place to support young people in achieving their goals.

To celebrate the announcement, Year of Engineering partners are highlighting some of the many different ways that individuals and organisations can inspire an engineer, follow #inspireanengineer on Twitter to find out more.

The Year of Engineering launches in January 2018. To find out more, visit the Year of Engineering partner website or follow the Year of Engineering campaign on Twitter.

To see how LB Bentley Ltd support the initiative visit