“In terms of getting the right people, I think that largely companies should help themselves. Education institutions should seek more help from business. They should get people like me to go into college and lecture on the application of what they are learning and the practical stuff which makes up the job. This will help narrow the gap between practice and theory.”

Andy Taylor (Chief Engineer - Mechanical) Amec Foster Wheeler


Hear from top academics about the positive influence work experinece can give students and the wider economy. They discuss ways to encourage students to complete work experiences and other ways to encourage engineering innovation at university or school.


Hear from Managing Directors and Engineers from Siemens and Sellafield about the positive influence providing a work experience placement can achieve both for the company and the student.


Hear students discuss their work experience placements at Siemens and Sellafield. The students explain their programmes, what they have learnt and how work experience has helped them to clarify their career path.

Our Engineering Work Experience for All campaign aims to raise awareness of the value of high quality, practical work experience in helping to develop future engineers with the practical skills they need for the workplace.

In 2017, the IET Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed:

  • 81% agree that more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training to help improve the supply pf engineers and technicians.
  • 74% say its unrealistic to expect education and training alone to produce job-ready employees.
  • 51% of companies expect to employ more engineering and technical staff over the next three years.

This ongoing campaign is a response to these findings – and to our continued dialogue with employers that highlights the challenge for many organisations to recruit graduates that meet ‘their reasonable expectations in terms of practical experience and skills’.