Engineering and education - a partnership?

2006-05-09T09:28:59Z (GMT) by A.V. Matthews
Until relatively recently there has been, and still exists in some areas, a hierarchy of career choices for students in England and Wales at "A" level stage. Such professions as medicine, law, accounting, banking, veterinary science and teaching have quite naturally been at the forefront. A most important ingredient missing from that pot pourri is engineering, in its various forms. Sadly the "high flyers" are encouraged into careers from the original list and all too frequently engineering seems to end up as a consolation prize for the "also rans". Research indicates that some of the factors to be taken into account include, lack of motivation, lack of information, inability of career advisers to discuss engineering careers adequately and all too frequently, lack of opportunity for students to sample at first hand. The paper will highlight some of the shortcomings of the existing situation and discuss ways in which its particular model, which is the first step in a continuum administered by the Fellowship of Engineering, is attempting to redress the balance.