“The UK Government’s Year of Engineering 2018 campaign is a brilliant initiative to encourage more young people into engineering careers. The UK has to improve the way in which young people, and particularly girls are encouraged to study subjects like physics, mathematics and engineering as pathways into exciting and vibrant modern careers. Failure to do so jeopardises the international competitiveness of the UK.” said Sarah Cowan, Talent2030 project manager.

The Government campaign celebrates the huge contribution engineering makes to society and will give young people an inspiring experience of modern engineering. It will see government and industry offer young people across the UK a million direct experiences of engineering in a major push to tackle skills gap. Covering everything from technology, healthcare and food production to energy, culture and transport – the campaign aims to galvanise industry, MPs, parents and teachers in a national push to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The National Centre’s Talent 2030 campaign produces an annual Dashboard setting out serious targets for women entering engineering education. We know from a 66% increase in Talent 2030 competition entries last year that there is a clear appetite amongst young women to learn more about what engineering can offer.

In 2017 the Dashboard shows 50% of GCSE physics students were girls, hitting the first target set by Talent 2030. A rise in the proportion of female engineering professionals from 7.8% in 2016 to 10.6% is promising, but still extremely low by European standards. The marginal increase in female engineering undergraduates, and slight decrease in engineering and technology postgraduates and girls studying A-level physics is still alarming when faced with the challenges of Brexit and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Notes to editors

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

Inspiring universities and business to work together for sustainable growth and prosperity.

As a membership organisation, the National Centre brings together leaders from across higher education and business to tackle issues of shared interest.

The National Centre’s Engineering Manufacturing Task Force explored the challenge of maintaining the UK manufacturing base as a strong and vital component of the economy. Talent 2030 is a legacy project from the Task Force report ‘Great Expectations’.

The Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls is sponsored by organisations committed to encouraging more women into engineering: Rolls-Royce, Centrica, PepsiCo.

Open for entries until 6pm on 15th December, the competition winner will be awarded £1000, student membership to the Women’s Engineering Society and will get the opportunity to exhibit to thousands of people at The Big Bang Fair next year. Visit Talent 2030 for competition details.

For further information please contact the National Centre on 020 7383 7667.