The Engineering and Technology Board (etb) has launched an interactive CD-Rom to attract youth to the sector.
Engineers@work is aimed primarily at school careers advisers and teachers. It covers the range of careers in the science, engineering and technology sectors and provides practical information on routes into the profession.
Alan Clark, the etb’s chief executive, said research commissioned by his company found that many teachers are unclear about what engineering actually involves. “The hard hat and oily rag perception is not backed up by the real life experiences of engineers – as this CD-Rom illustrates.”
Fiona Sykes, who has overseen the production of the CD-Rom and is Edinburgh University’s senior careers advisor, said: “Using a mix of real-life testimony and practical information about the breadth of engineering careers, it is a great resource for teachers, careers advisors and their students alike.”
The CD-Rom is free of charge, has been sent to all secondary schools and can be ordered from http://corp.etechb.co.uk/careerscd.