Schools must inspire young engineers

A new report calls for a wholesale change in the way engineering is promoted in UK schools. The report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers “Five Tribes: Personalizing Engineering Education” is calling on government, teachers, industry and science technology engineering and maths (STEM) organizations to take into account young people’s diverse values and attitudes to try and inspire them about engineering.

According to the report, the number of people employed in engineering and manufacturing in the UK has halved in the last 30 years. At a meagre 10% of the economy, the UK has the smallest proportion of manufacturing of any G8 country …

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