Government staff help the Year of Engineering legacy live on
As 2018, the Year of Engineering draws to a close, more than 30 staff from across government have helped ensure the legacy will live on by signing up to become STEM Ambassadors.
The Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Transport (DfT) Prof Phil Blythe welcomed colleagues from DfT, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Defence and other governmental departments for a special induction on International Volunteer Day, marking a new commitment to inspire young engineers and scientists of the future.
2018 was named the Year of Engineering to mark a government partnership campaign to inspire the next generation of innovators, inventors and problem solvers by showing them what a career in engineering can hold.
At the induction, Prof Blythe said: “During 2018, hundreds of organisations have come together to offer more than a million direct experiences of engineering to young people. It’s great that government science and engineering professionals are contributing to this goal, showcasing the varied and valuable work we do and helping to inspire a new generation of engineers.’
The volunteers heard presentations from STEM Learning and existing ambassadors from within the government, before trying practical exercises from the Royal Academy of Engineering which they will now present in schools.
Regional Network Lead at STEM Learning, Ajay Sharman, said, “STEM Learning is delighted to support role models from across government departments in becoming STEM Ambassadors, and with them inspire a new generation of future scientists and engineers. The induction day provided a wonderful opportunity to discuss ways to engage schools and demonstrate the value of inspiring young people and opening their eyes to exciting prospects for their future careers. I know this is just the start of a powerful new drive to inspire young people into STEM.”
Betty Oginni, of the High Speed Rail Major Projects team, said: ‘Knowing there is a pool of resources and someone to shadow makes it worthwhile.’
For more information, visit YearofEngineering@dft.gov.uk