Campaign promotes engineering careers

The Make your Mark campaign is asking business, education and government to promote programmes that show the manufacturing and engineering sectors as dynamic and exciting places to have a career.


The Make your Mark campaign is asking business, education and government to promote programmes that show the manufacturing and engineering sectors as dynamic and exciting places to have a career.


The Made in the UK programme aims to challenge conventional stereotypes associated with careers in manufacturing and engineering related industries by providing young people with inspiring young role models from all over the UK.


One of the programme’s role models, Annie Brown, is a building services engineer at London-headquartered Halcrow, one of the world’s largest multi-disciplinary consultancies and a committed advocate of the need to find more sustainable solutions in the built environment. Work placements with the Centre for Alternative Energy and Wastewatch, undertaken during university holidays, inspired Annie to explore forward-thinking technologies and practices that are often viewed with caution by the mainstream construction industry.


Brown said: ‘My aim is to work on innovative, sustainable building projects where real advances are made in design, construction and operation.’


Mindy Wilson, head of the Make Your Mark in Manufacturing and Engineering team said: ‘The manufacturing and engineering industries are filled with examples of dynamic, creative young people making a difference; we are providing them with a voice and forum through which they can showcase their talents and inspire others.’


The Make Your Mark campaign’s flagship activity Enterprise Week, this year taking place from 12-16 November, is a perfect opportunity for businesses in the manufacturing and engineering industries to highlight their own innovative young employees and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The campaign is asking employers to nominate their most enterprising employees as potential ambassadors to continue building the programme.


Enterprise Week is already well supported by big business. BAE Systems are holding a road-show designed to encourage young people to look at engineering as a diverse and exciting career choice. Mike Turner, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: ‘Enterprise, creativity and innovation are absolutely central to engineering.’


Many smaller businesses ranging from stage automation engineers Stage Technologies to Richard Edward, a London based playing card manufacturer, are also supporting the campaign by hosting events in enterprise week, highlighting the wealth of opportunities available from a career in the manufacturing and engineering industries.