The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) welcomes the endorsement in Professor John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills for our Talent 2030 campaign which has set out a target to double the proportion of women engineers by 2030 . In his review released today Professor Perkins, chief scientific advisor to the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, supported NCUB’s target to increase the proportion of women engineers at university from 16% to 30%. NCUB shares Professor Perkins’ concerns about the provision of engineers in the UK and its potential impact on the UK economy and support his recommendations to inspire young people, particularly girls, in order to achieve our Talent 2030 targets and improve the longer-term talent pipeline.

NCUB is currently running the National Schools Engineering Competition for Girls, sponsored by Rolls-Royce and EADS, and open to girls aged 11-18 across the UK. It aims to inspire girls to join the diverse range of engineers working to solve the challenges of the 21st Century.  In agreement with Professor Perkins’ recommendation, NCUB would welcome the opportunity to join with Tomorrow’s Engineers and others to take this forward as an annual high-profile event.

Competition details can be found on the Talent 2030 website: www.talent2030.org/girlsengineering

Commenting on the announcement, Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive of NCUB said:
“Inspiring the next generation of young female engineers is vital to ensure we have a more diverse engineering workforce. The National Centre welcomes Professor Perkins’ support of our targets to double the proportion of women studying engineering at university by 2030 and his call to action to ensure that girls are given the opportunities to pursue engineering and achieve these goals.”