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Getting teachers enthusiastic about engineering
By 2020, there will be a shortage of 470,000 engineers in the UK. And so it’s more important than ever that we find ways to show young people that engineering isn’t just about hard hats and metalwork, but about changing the world for the better.
Yesterday, the James Dyson Foundation took part in the engineering4teachers conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The aim of the event was to give an insight into the diversity of engineering careers available, and to show the attendees just how exciting engineering really is.
Paul Dawson, Dyson’s Global Product Development Director, explained what it’s like to be a design engineer – and that engineering isn’t just about technical ability, but your capacity to think creatively and problem solve. He spoke about the key values that every great engineer needs: wrong-thinking, perseverance and perfectionism.
The day finished with a panel discussion, hosted by business editor and BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern. Paul was joined by representatives from Rolls-Royce, Women in Science and Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover and Shell.
More than 150 teachers and careers advisers attended the event. That means a lot of children will be having their outdated perceptions challenged, and finding out why engineering should be a first choice career.