Talent 2030

Talent 2030

What is Talent 2030?

Talent 2030 is an ambitious campaign powered by NCUB to encourage more talented young females to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering – including software development.

We have developed the policy case for change within government, business and universities, and have published ambitious targets setting out the numbers of young women the UK needs to be studying Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) engineering - from GCSE through to PhD.

There are three programmes - the Talent 2030 Annual Dashboard, the National Engineering Competition for Girls, and our outreach programme. The NCUB joined with educators, industry and business in the Your Life campaign to work towards increasing participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, particularly among women. NCUB is glad to be one of 180 organisations pledging to take action as part of the national Your Life campaign. NCUB have made several commitments find out more here.

Talent 2030 National Schools Competition

Part of the Talent 2030 campaign is the National Engineering Competition for Girls, open to every girl in secondary education in the UK.

Girls can enter individually or in groups, and independently or through their schools, and need to find a creative way to explain existing engineering solutions to the world’s challenges or invent and devise their own solutions. Students could tackle anything from climate change, to housing scarcity, to global diseases, to food shortages, or anything else they think engineering could help solve.

Find out more about the schools competition and to register.

Who is involved?

The Talent 2030 campaign is supported by NCUB members Rolls-Royce and PepsiCo, and is run in partnership with Centrica.

T2030 2016 sponsors


Our Targets for Women in Engineering and the Talent 2030 Dashboard

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"I support the National Centre for Universities and Businesses’ target of doubling the number of female engineering graduates by 2030." 
Prime Minister David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions

The purpose of the Talent 2030 dashboard is to set out serious targets over a credible timeline which we will monitor every year from 2012 to 2030. These targets have been developed through our research and are backed by the UK government.

Each year the Dashboard tracks progress against our targets and is accompanied by a Dashboard report, which sets out the sources of evidence for the Dashboard.
Why Talent 2030?

At present only 8.4% of the UK’s professional engineers are women, the lowest level in Europe. From any perspective this is a huge waste of potential talent.

The three key messages which our research shows will encourage more young women into engineering are:

  • Better knowledge of future earnings
  • More emphasis on the green and sustainable side of engineering
  • More women role models

A taskforce was led by Richard Greenhalgh (former Chairman of Unilever UK) and Nigel Thrift (Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick) which led to the release of our successful Great Expectations report on the need for an increased manufacturing and engineering base for UK economic recovery.

In this report features an exclusive survey which has helped shape the goal and purpose of the Talent 2030 campaign. Read about the taskforce here.

The History of Talent 2030

Leading figures in Industry and Higher Education launched Talent 2030 to encourage more talented young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. The campaign was originally led by NCUB's Director of External Affairs, Aaron Porter (former President, NUS) in 2012.

To mark the start of the campaign the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) published the ground-breaking Great Expectations report which finds that building a strong manufacturing and engineering base is vital to the UK's economic recovery. The report warns that the country is failing to harness the whole of its talent base and is at risk of losing its competitive edge. The taskforce led by Richard Greenhalgh and Nigel Thrift later took place which involved surveys of undergraduate girls in the penultimate year of their courses who all achieved A grades in GCSE maths, physics and chemistry and an extensive summary which has helped shaped the targets for the Talent 2030 campaign.

To find out more about Talent 2030, the Dashboard or the National Engineering Competition for Girls please contact Sarah Cowan, Project Manager for Talent, here.

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