Engineers urged to get involved in Tomorrow’s Engineer Week

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place 4-8 November 2019, with inaugural This is Engineering Day on 6th November.

EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering have called on Engineers and Engineering Technicians across the UK to get behind plans for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4th-8th November 2019 #TEWeek19).

Now in it’s seventh year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to showcase how engineers working in all sectors are on a mission to make the world a better place.  Highlights of the Week include the first This is Engineering Day on Wednesday 6 November to challenge the public stereotype of the engineer, a series of films celebrating engineers on a mission to help the nation’s health and well-being, as well as the second Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly.

Employers, professional bodies, universities, schools and individual engineers are invited to get involved to help inspire the next generation of engineers by downloading tool kits of ideas at www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek.

Beth Elgood from EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week explained: “Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers.  The number of professional engineering institutions, engineering employers and individual engineers who participate in this collective drive to raise the profile of engineers grows each year.  Whether it’s visiting a school to talk about engineering careers as part of the Big Assembly, staging an event to celebrate what engineers do or supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week on social media there are lots of ways to get involved”.

The Wednesday of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will see the Royal Academy of Engineering unveil the next major moment in its This is Engineering campaign, This is Engineering Day, a new national awareness day dedicated to publicly celebrating the engineers and engineering technicians shaping society and solving global problems.

This year, This is Engineering Day is focused on changing the stereotypical image of the engineer and engineering among the wider public and will see engineering organisations, engineers and supporters like Amazon, Ocado and Facebook showcase what 21st Century engineers and engineering really look like.

To help the public better understand engineers and engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering will be creating a public online photo library of more representative images of engineers and launching a challenge to use this to change the mix of images that appear when you search for ‘engineer’ on line.

The Academy is calling on the engineering community to get involved in the challenge and contribute to the library, which will also be populated by the Academy’s own This is Engineering imagery and hosted on Flickr.  Contributions can be made directly to the Academy and more details can be found by contacting the Academy at photos@raeng.org.uk. The  This is Engineering Library will be launched to the wider public on This is Engineering Day.

Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering said: “Engineering and technology play an incredible role in shaping the world around us and in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from providing a sustainable supply of food, water and clean energy, to advancing healthcare, and keeping us safe and secure.  We know that young people increasingly want to tackle these issues and make a difference in the world, but unfortunately a lack of understanding of who engineers are and what engineering does in the 21st century is stopping young people from considering it as a career.

“Engineering has so many extraordinary opportunities for young people, but the UK has a shortfall of 59,000 engineers every year, while only 12% of professional engineers are female and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.  We hope that This Engineering Day can shine a light on who engineers really are and what they do, so that we can banish the outdated stereotypes that prevent young people from seeing a future for themselves in this crucial and rewarding profession”.

Author: Sarah Colombini and Simon Francis, Campaign Collective. Tomorrow’s Engineers

The content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers.

Say Hello to Amy!

We are very pleased to welcome Amy Roberts to the IDE HQ team as our new Education and Training Administrator.

Amy will be looking after all administrative tasks associated with the IDE Foundation Degree in Demolition Management and IDE CPD Scheme.  She will also assist the National Secretary with the Examination process.

National Secretary, Maureen Tong-Ralphs  commented ‘Amy brings with her a wealth of skills and a strong administrative background and we are very pleased she has joined us at this progressive time for the IDE’.    

You will be able to meet Amy at the Autumn Seminar on 27th September, she can also be contacted at Amy@ide.org.uk

Mr Joseph Childs RIP

New Merchandise Lands at IDE HQ

RIP John “Johnny” Hennessy

For those wishing to pay their respects the evening mass will be held at the Visitation Church, Greenford UB6 9AN at 7:00pm on Thursday 25th July.

The funeral mass is at the same church at 10.00am on Friday 26th July. This will be followed by a cremation service at Breakspear Crematorium at noon – the family have requested this to be restricted to close family and friends due to limited space there.

The family would like to invite all those that wish to attend for food and beverages in the GAA Club in Ruislip, HA4 6QX following the funeral mass on the Friday.

IDE East Midlands Regional Meeting @ Ward Recycling 13th June 2019

The IDE East Midlands Regional Meeting was held at Ward Recycling, Chesterfield, on 13 June 2019; attended by 11 IDE Members and Ward employees the meeting was an interesting and very informative event.

The meeting was in two sections, firstly a tour of the facility, followed by two talks relating to waste – ‘Changes to Wood Classification’ and ‘Fundamentals of Scrap Metal Prices.

The tour of the facility was very interesting covering most aspects of waste receipt and processing, including, but not limited to, hazardous waste, controlled waste, wood, scrap metal and processing. The facility was impressive on many counts, the scale of operation, the range of activities, the plant/ equipment in use and the vision and investment, financial, plant/equipment and people necessary to both construct and run this undertaking.

The talks were very interesting, delivered by very knowledgeable members of the Ward management, they certainly gave attendees food for thought.

The ‘Changes to Wood Classification’ talk was given by Dan Egnar and gave details of the Regulatory Position Statement 2017 and details of the Wood Recycling Association Grades A, B, C and D of wood waste classification. Judging by comments from around the room, we are not all singing from the same hymn sheet, perhaps we need to have a closer look at our wood waste disposal?  What was interesting was the gap between the UK and German recycling figures – startling!

The ‘Fundamentals of Scrap Metal Prices’ talk was given by Toby Potter and initially gave an overview of the different methods of steel production and the required raw materials; the explanation of distribution/demand of scrap metal, the forces brought about that impact upon the price and the main ‘players’, some of whom the attendees were unaware. The one statistic that was astounding – the production figures of China against the UK.

The event was a success, very enjoyable for those who attended and our thanks go to Ward and all their staff who, by virtue of their knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and obvious pride in both their Company and their individual responsibilities, provided a thoroughly enjoyable and definite learning event.

I would also like to thank Ashley Oates for hosting the event, enabling it to run smoothly, and organising refreshments; I cannot forget the chocolate truffles.

Author: Vernon Watson, FIDE, IDE Council of Management

Cycling for Orlaith Update

30 Cyclists, all prepared for the challenge, cycled from Solihull to Westminster Bridge – a total of 135 miles – on 25th May 2019!  Past Council of Managament Member, Adrian McLean FIDE informed the IDE that all completed the ride safely and raised a staggering £65,000 for NICE.  They would like to thank all friends and colleagues for the Demolition industry who supported this challenge.  Orlaith’s Mum, Caroline has already donated a very impressive £63, 478.00 to this worthwhile charity and with this most recent addition, will be able to use the funds to support the invaluable work of the charity.

Adrian McLean also commented that, within an email from Caroline, she told him that “Orlaith is making progress.  She struggles to put weight on her arms to lift herself up without the use of arm braces and it is hoped that, in time, she may be able to crawl.  Following advice from Orlaiths Senior Physiotherapist they have booked an assessment at a centre in Malvern to see if she would be suitable to start an oral training programme which aims to isolate and develop the muscles in her mouth.  This will hopefully encourage better feeding and speech skills.  The assessment and any on-going treatment they advise will be paid for using the money that has been raised on Orlaiths Night.   We cannot thank everyone enough for the opportunities this has given Orlaigh and we will keep you updated on her progress!”

Mr Keith Prangnell RIP

It is with great sadness that we inform our members of the very sad loss of Keith Prangnell,

December 1947 – May 2019

It is with deep regret that the industry must say goodbye to Keith Prangnell of Southern Demolition Company, both a loyal and respected member of the NFDC, IDE Member from 1991 to 2017 and the Demolition industry for 31 years.

Keith was a face that many would recognize after having been involved within the London & Southern Region of the NFDC as well as taking part within one of the first ever Managers courses with the NDTG in 1998.

The Funeral will take place at Randalls Park Crematorium at 12:30pm on Thursday 20th June 2019, followed by a reception at Sutton Green Golf Club.

Should you wish to attend either the service or reception, please email Shelley Prangnell at sandkprangnell@Hotmail.com by Thursday 13th June 2019.

Keith’s family have requested that in lieu of flowers, an optional donation can be made to Cancer Research UK.  This can either be done in person at the Service on 20th June, or from 8th June onwards via the Alan Greenwood Funeral’s online ”obituary and donations” service.

Mr Tony Tynan MIDE, RIP

For those members who wish to pay their respects the funeral will be held at St Peters Church, 15 Button Lane, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent ME15 8NJ on Thursday 27th June at 10.00am. Please note that this will be an open invitation to the church service only.

Tony supported a number of charities over the years and with that in mind, the family have requested donations to be made, instead of flowers, to either the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon or Pets as Therapy

Cycling for Orlaith

Next weekend, past Council Member Adrian McLean FIDE, Mick Regan and Chris Moen will be cycling 135 miles from Solihull to Westminster Bridge in London to raise funds for  Orlaith.  If you would like to know more and sponsor this event click here

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