Talent 2030 competition supported by Rolls-Royce and EADS.

The National Centre for Universities and Business’s Talent 2030 campaign is launching the National Engineering Competition for Girls today. The aim of the competition, and the Talent 2030 campaign, is to inspire more girls to pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing. At present just 9.6% of the UK’s professional engineers are women, the lowest in Europe.

The competition, supported by Rolls-Royce and EADS, is asking girls aged 11-14 and 15-18 from across the United Kingdom to submit their ideas for ‘How can engineers solve the challenges of the 21st century?’ and offers £2000 worth of prizes, which will be awarded at the Big Bang Fair in March 2014.

Submissions for the competition are sent in online via the Talent 2030 website: www.talent2030.org/girlsengineering

Commenting on the launch, 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. Currently the UK has the lowest proportion of professional women engineers in Europe, and NCUB will play a crucial role working with industry and the university sector to help address this issue.”

Nicola Swaney, Education Outreach Manager at Rolls-Royce added:

“ We recognise the vital importance of engaging with young people to enthuse them about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and to inform them of career opportunities within Rolls-Royce and industry.  Our education outreach work is a key element in widening and diversifying our Talent Pipeline and we are particularly focused on influencing the next generation of female engineers.  That is why we are delighted to support the National Engineering Competition for Girls.”


Editors’ notes

National Centre for Universities and Business

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, promotes and supports world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK. Our aim is to find practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in our universities, and the UK’s strength in ground-breaking research and development, for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

Drawing on the 25 years’ experience of our predecessor body, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), NCUB is committed to a programme of research, policy development and practical partnerships. From facilitating collaborative R&D, to developing the entrepreneurial and employability skills of students at all stages of their education, NCUB is working to support UK business and higher education in a competitive global market.

NCUB’s Leadership Council includes many of the UK’s most successful businesses and universities.

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Link to the competition home page – www.talent2030.org/girlsengineering