Year of Engineering 2018

Seafarers UK is delighted to be partner #100 in the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of Engineering’ campaign.

Maritime businesses ashore and at sea – plus the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary – are crying out for qualified engineers!

By embracing the ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign, Seafarers UK is ensuring that Seafarers Awareness Week (23-30 June 2018) will have a key role to play in raising public awareness of maritime job opportunities.


A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January).

Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering – and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.

2018 is officially the Year of Engineering and will see a national drive in all corners of the country to inspire the young people who will shape our future.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents, and a lack of diversity in the sector – the workforce is 91% male and 94% white.

The new campaign is aimed at filling those gaps and changing misconceptions, and will see government and around one thousand partners deliver a million inspiring experiences of engineering for young people, parents and teachers.

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: ‘Engineers, whether they are working on cutting-edge technology in aerospace, energy or artificial intelligence, are vital to the lifeblood of our economy. We want to show young people and their parents the immense creativity, opportunity and value of the profession. By bringing them face to face with engineering role models and achievements we can send a clear message that engineering careers are a chance for all young people, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social background, to shape the future of this country and have a real impact on the lives of those around them.’

Skills Minister Anne Milton said: ‘I want to see everyone whatever their background, wherever they live to have a chance to get a rewarding career or job in engineering whether they come via a technical or academic route. The Year of Engineering gives us a great opportunity to work together with business to inspire a new generation of world class engineers. We want to build the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that we need for a growing economy, as highlighted in the government’s Industrial Strategy.’

All week, engineers, businesses, schools and universities will be marking the launch of the campaign by celebrating the positive impact of engineering.

Events include students in Bolton using engineering to tackle real life challenges for people with disabilities with charity Remap, and pupils at a London school taking on a cybersecurity competition. Engineers, STEM ambassadors and schoolchildren will gather for the unveiling of Tim Peake’s spacecraft at the National Railway Museum in York, and in Birmingham Ocado will give schoolchildren the chance to see robots in action.

To find out more about the Year of Engineering, visit the website or follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram.