Inspiring tomorrows Engineers
In the next 10 years, 60% of all new jobs in the UK will require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. In 2009, National Grid published our Engineering the Future report – a research project that asked 14-19-year-olds, their parents and teachers what they thought about engineering as a career. It revealed that many thought engineering was "all about dirty, male, low-paid jobs"; 60% couldn't name a recent engineering achievement and girls were 10 times less likely to pursue a career in engineering than boys. Much of the bias stemmed from primary school and few children understood how engineering links to the future economy.
National Grid is undertaking a range of activities to build young people's awareness of the importance of STEM skills. We also need the support of schools and parents, as well as other organisations and businesses, all of us pulling in the same direction. Together, we can enable thousands of young people to realise their potential.