Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, now in its eighth year, has come to a close with the announcement of a new online hub to provide information and guidance to those organisations supporting and inspiring young people into engineering careers.

The new online resource, due to go live later this month, will provide free advice and guidance, sourced from across the engineering community, to support practitioners in providing young people with engineering careers inspiration. The site will cover a range of topics, from suggestions on how to ensure an inclusive approach and develop engaging outreach activities to ways to survey young people.

The hub is also expected to provide support to signatories and supporters of the new Tomorrow’s Engineers Code which was launched in October and is now managed by EngineeringUK.

The Code is  a new approach to engagement, with Professional Engineering Institutions, FTSE 100 corporates, SMEs, government departments and universities working towards common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering.  Signatories to the Code make four pledges about their approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering-inspiration activities.

The announcement comes after a week of activity designed to address concerns that since March 2020, over three quarters (76%) of 11-19 year olds have not accessed formal careers activities. [1]

A packed calendar saw engineering institutions, employers and schools come together to deliver inspiring activity to show young people the vital importance of engineering careers and deliver advice about how to become an engineer in the future.  Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, commented:

“We would like to thank the thousands of schools, employers and professional engineering institutions that have come together to make Tomorrow’s Engineers Week a huge success.

“Let’s build on this week of collective activity to ensure that all young people get the support they need to be inspired by and understand more about the thousands of future engineering roles available in infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects to upgrade our hospitals, schools and road network, make public buildings greener and help the UK achieve its aspirations of achieving Net Zero by 2050.

“With the framework provided by the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code and the information and guidance shortly available via the online hub, the engineering community will be in a great position to achieve the collective impact needed to see an increase in the number and diversity of young people entering engineering careers.”

[1]“Our Careers, Our Future” is available to download from EngineeringUK: page 4.

EngineeringUK is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and increase the number and diversity of young people choosing academic and vocational pathways into engineering. EngineeringUK leads engagement programmes The Big Bang, Robotics Challenge and Energy Quest, helps schools bring STEM to life through real-world engineering via Neon, creates inspiring engineering careers resources and campaigns through Tomorrow’s Engineers and produces a body of research including the flagship State of Engineering report.

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UK Demolition Expo to co-locate with Letsrecycle Live in 2021

Environment Media Group and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) are delighted to announce that the UK’s Demolition Expo event will be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live in 2021. 

The Demolition Expo is a biennial event showcasing suppliers and businesses within the demolition industry organised by the NFDC.

Around 2,000 visitors attended the last Expo in 2019 in Hertfordshire, where a huge display of demolition machines and equipment including high reach, excavators and skid steers from the world’s leading manufacturers were on show and in action.

Letsrecycle Live also takes place every two years and was established in 2019, where its inaugural show was seen as being successful and well-received. Daniella Jarvie-Thomas, event director for Letsrecycle Live, said the partnership with Demo Expo will mean the Stoneleigh Park event is now on track to grow by more than 50%.  She said: “We’re delighted that such a well-established show in a closely connected industry will be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live in 2021. There are a number of benefits for the visitors and exhibitors of both shows and it will present an unheralded opportunity for cross industry collaboration.

Demo Expo will retain its own identity and we’re really excited to work with the NFDC to begin shaping its own dedicated features and speaker programmes. 

Both events share a vision for creating a business-like, yet relaxed atmosphere, which is conducive to networking and building lasting business relationships. It seemed a natural move to align the two shows. 

Stoneleigh Park, 22nd-23rd May 2019

Letsrecycle Live is on course to grow by more than 50% in 2021, so we’re expecting to see more than 250 businesses and organisations exhibiting at the show. We’ve opened a third exhibition hall to cater for the demand for space and this partnership will help to add value for everyone in attendance.”

Howard Button, CEO for NFDC added, “Demo Expo has been a flagship event for NFDC and the overall demolition industry for many years and we are excited to be co-locating with Letsrecycle Live to bring even more value and benefit to our exhibitors and visitors. As the only show in the UK dedicated solely to demolition, we are committed to ensuring that the Demo Expo brand retains its identity and focus yet embraces the obvious cross-industry synergies this collaboration brings. NFDC is delighted to be joining forces with the like-minded team at Letsrecycle Live and looks forward to taking both events from strength to strength.”

Stoneleigh Park, 22nd-23rd May 2019

The 2021 event, will take place on 12-13 May at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre (NAEC) in Stoneleigh Park and promises to be a vital addition to the sector’s calendar.

It will feature six sector specific zones stretching across indoor and outdoor areas. The NAEC is a centrally located venue with transport links by road, rail and air.

Free parking is available on site and a free shuttle bus is provided from Coventry station. This flexible and secure venue allows for indoor and outdoor exhibitions, live demonstrations and much, much more.


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