Energy and utility companies urged to sign The Code

Nov 10, 2021

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Code brings employers together to inspire a diverse engineering workforce. Energy & Utility Skills, EngineeringUK, and SSE have partnered in an online conversation where they talked about the benefits of signing up to The Code.

The Code is about working together to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers. To achieve these goals, Signatories make 4 pledges about their approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering outreach activities (including STEM programmes dedicated to inspiring young people into engineering):

  • Inspiring connection - ensuring programmes contribute to a sustained and rich STEM journey for all young people.
  • Driving inclusion - ensuring all young people have opportunities to engage in engineering-inspiration activities, so that no one is left behind.
  • Showcasing engineering - promoting a positive, compelling, and authentic view of engineering and showcasing the breadth of opportunities.
  • Improving impact - improving monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities to develop a shared understanding of what works.

Phil Beach CBE, CEO of Energy & Utility Skills, said:

“We believe it’s essential to work together to build the diverse future workforce the energy and utilities sector needs. Our Energy & Utilities Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy 2020-2025 predicts 277,000 vacancies by 2029 in our sector. If we’re going to fill these vacancies – and play a significant role in delivering government’s net zero targets – we need to inspire the next generation to a career within the energy and utilities sector.”

Sam Greer, Education & Employability Manager at SSE, said:

“At SSE our engineering outreach/education engagement programme aims to show how and what young people learn at school is used in real jobs in energy/utilities and to inspire a diverse future talent pipeline. We are a Code Signatory because the 4 pillars resonated with our core business needs and values, and as we developed our own STEM strategy it gave us the basis to work from.”

Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO of EngineeringUK, which manages The Code, commented:

“No company or organisation can single-handedly address the skills challenge we face in engineering. The Code recognises this and provides a space for everyone involved in funding, designing, or delivering engineering outreach for schools to work together to understand what works well and to drive up the quality and impact of those interactions with young people.

In committing to that sharing and collaboration, members of The Code community are stepping up to the plate and driving the change we need to inspire the next generation and build an effective and diverse, representative future workforce.”

 

Take a look at the conversation here.

Find more information on the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code website.

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