“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

Academia

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.

Business

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.

Students

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 2016, the IET Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed:

  • 62% of engineering employers say graduates don’t have the right skills for today’s workplace.
  • 68% are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change.
  • 91% of engineering companies agreed that to improve the supply of engineers and technicians, more employers need to provide work experience. 

The campaign is a direct response to these findings – and to our ongoing 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’.