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ASPIRES young people’s science and career aspirations age 10-14 – Kings College London (2013)

What influences the likelihood of a young person aspiring to a science-related career?

Changing Perceptions – The ERA foundation (2014)

The ERA Foundation commissioned independent communications experts Luther Pendragon to advise on the issue of raising the profile of engineering and attracting the brightest and the best into the profession. 

DfT Engineering Research – DfT / The Nursery (2016), (PDF 1.8MB)

DfT qualitative research to understand key motivations and barriers to a future career in engineering and the role influencers play in forming these opinions.

Engineering UK: The State of Engineering – EngineeringUK (2017)

A detailed statistical analysis of essential information about the engineering industry.

Five Tribes, Personalising Engineering Education – The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2014)

Describes a survey of values and beliefs, attitudes and preferences of a representative sample of 1,500 UK citizens aged 11 to 19.

Inspiring the next generation of Engineers – Institution of Engineering and Technology (2015)

The IET wanted to understand more about parental attitudes towards engineering as a career choice for their child, particularly girls. The IET were also keen to explore what differences there are between parents of boys and parents of girls, in relation to encouraging a career in engineering / Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Professor John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills – BIS (2013)

Professor Perkins’ review argues that substantially increasing the number of engineers would help the UK economy.

The UK STEM Education Landscape – Royal Academy of Engineering / Lloyds Register Foundation (2016)

A detailed picture of the engineering and STEM education landscape; the issues that need to be addressed, the organisations involved and an analysis of gaps in provision. The work is intended to inform the wider community to make strategic decisions on where to focus its support for more effective impact on addressing the impending engineering skills shortage.

Thinking like an engineer, Implications for the education system – Royal Academy of Engineering / Centre for Real World Learning (2014)

This report, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering, offers fresh insights into the ways engineers think. It goes on to suggest ways in which the education system might be redesigned to develop engineers more effectively. The report also makes suggestions as to how the wider public might become engaged with these issues.

Tomorrow’s World, Inspiring Primary Scientists – CBI (2015)

Although science can lead to interesting and well-paid careers, too many children have already lost interest by the time they reach secondary school. Government, businesses, universities and schools must work together to tackle this early on – or later action will amount to little more than a sticking plaster. Tomorrow’s world looks at how to address this issue earlier – at primary school level.

Tough Choices – Your Life campaign/ A.T. Kearney (2016)

A holistic analysis of the evolution of secondary school students thinking with regard to STEM subjects, explaining decisions that lead to what popular culture might term ‘The Great British Science Turn Off’.

Women in Engineering – Fixing the talent pipeline – IPPR (2014)

Demonstrates that the age of 16 is the critical point at which women are lost to a potential career in engineering. For far more women than men, A-level and vocational subject choices made at this age close the pathway into careers in engineering.