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About the IET

We want to address the skills shortages and gaps the engineering industry faces today.

About the IET 

Our mission

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. With a vision of working to engineer a better world, its mission is to inspire, inform and influence.

In particular, we want to address the skills shortages and gaps the engineering industry faces today by inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians – and by working with industry, academia and government to increase the pipeline of engineers in the UK.

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“I believe the best person to describe what it’s like to work in engineering is an engineer. First-hand experience can provide the best detail on what is like working within this industry. Allowing people to really see the variety of exciting careers that are available helps to dispel current outdated beliefs that engineering is only suited to certain types of people. Undertaking work experience with a company allows children to form their own opinions about what the work is really like.”

Emma Goulding Controls Engineer, Siemens

Inspire the next generation

We aim to help inspire the next generation of engineers by encouraging more employers to offer work experience to school children in order to disprove outdated perceptions among children about engineering careers.

Employers can do this by organising school visits, offering placements to local school children or by participating in initiatives such as Engineering Open House Day.

IET skills and education

We have a raft of educational STEM outreach activities aimed at 5-19 year olds – from our popular Faraday Challenge Days to the FIRST® LEGO® League competition.

IET On Campus

Our IET On Campus is an initiative run by students for students, supported and funded by the IET.  It provides engineering students with fantastic opportunities such as meeting industry’s leading employers, visiting engineering sites of interest and developing the important extra-curricular skills that help them to make the transition from university into the world of work. 

In an increasingly competitive job market, employers are hiring graduates who’ve acquired practical skills through work experience and taken the time to develop interests outside of their courses.

Degree programmes

The IET also offers accredited degree programmes with a host of Academic Partners, as well as professional accreditations for engineers and CPD for engineers throughout their careers.

IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Worth at least £1,000 per year, for up to three years for Bachelors and four years for MEng, the scholarships are available to students with A levels and Scottish equivalent who are about to start an IET accredited degree course in the UK in autumn. Winners also receive free membership of the IET for the duration of their course, and opportunities to have summer placements, visits and mentors with companies such as BT, Siemens and Thales.



IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries

Worth at least £1000 per year, a number of bursaries are available to apprentices and undergraduate students with HNC, HND, Access to Higher Diploma and similar qualifications. Bursaries are supported by the IET, charitable foundations and engineering companies such as National Grid and Siemens, who offer summer placements, visits and mentors.

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