Energy Quest

Energy Quest is a curriculum-linked, year-round, established programme for schools that helps improve the perception of engineering among both girls and boys.

Over the last six years with support from Shell, EngineeringUK has developed Energy Quest into a well-received programme, reaching 215,000 young people through 3,150 sessions in 1,460 UK schools.

The free programme encourages young people to find out all about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers. It consists of the Energiser Workshop, an interactive STEM workshop packed with hands-on activities, careers information and stories from real engineers.

Energy Quest is designed to be inclusive and tailored to the needs of different school groups. It carries a strong careers element throughout and links closely to many of the Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance, such as encounters with employers and employees.

The format of the programme is flexible and could be applied to other sectors as well.

Energy Quest is funded by Shell and can now be delivered in either a classroom or remotely as a student-led activity.

Participants in Energy Quest report higher levels of knowledge of careers in engineering, find a career in engineering more desirable and know better what to do next to become an engineer compared with the general population of 11 to 14 year olds.

Supporting the Energy Quest Programme provides opportunities to:

  • Help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, helping them make informed subject choices enabling them to pursue STEM careers
  • Build and extend strong local links with target schools
  • Deliver diversity and inclusion strategies, encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in engineering
  • Get staff to take part in an established and rewarding volunteers programme, developing training and presentation skills