Learned from the past and looking to the future … Bring It On North East

There is a need for 124,000 Level 3+ core engineering roles per year in the UK according to The State of Engineering Report 2018. Not to mention that an additional 79,000 Level 3+ related engineering roles per year to 2024.

With these sobering statistics in mind, RTC North in conjunction with Engineering UK, have come together for a third time in a row to bring Bring It On – the biggest celebration of engineering - to the region.

The Bring it On/Big Bang North East event is the culmination of a successful collaboration between a number of different organisations from across the region working together to inspire young people about North East engineering.

Research shows the largest flow of newly skilled talent into the engineering workforce comes directly from education. Between each educational stage, there is a potential for ‘leakage’ from the pipeline, as individuals make voluntary decisions about their progression.

Bring It On North East is aimed at capturing namely those children who have a talent and interest in STEM-based subjects at school and showcasing real-life engineering to them. A key driver for the organisations behind the event is inspiring local talent at grass-root level and enthusing children to follow careers in Engineering.

Research conducted prior the event showed that 56% of 11 to 19-year olds in the North East said they viewed engineering positively – but 71% (39% at the UK level) admitted they knew only a little or almost nothing about what engineers do.

Post-event evaluation results indicate a positive impact, with 65% of students agreeing ‘a lot’ that the programme showed them engineering is suitable for both boys and girls and 72% of the students agreeing, to some extent, that the programme made them feel a job in engineering would be interesting. A 105% increase in children’s positive perceptions about Engineering which is extremely encouraging and rewarding statistics on the back of the real team effort that Bring It On is.

Bring it On did impart a level of knowledge and understanding to students about routes into engineering with 49% of the students agreeing, to some extent, that they know what to do next in order to become an engineer. However, only 13% of the students ‘agree a lot’ with this, highlighting the need to place more emphasis on routes into the sector at future Bring it On/Big Bang North East partnership events.

The collaboration with Big Bang presented young people and teachers with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of more generic STEM engagement opportunities as part of their Bring it On experience and enabled young people from across the region to exhibit and present their science and engineering projects as part of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.

Findings and statistics from last year’s Bring It On highlight the real benefit of enabling students to meet face to face with all types of engineers, alongside the opportunity to see and experience, first-hand, examples of what we engineer and manufacture in the North East, shining a light on the breadth of engineering in this region and the associated career opportunities.

The Bring it On/Big Bang North East event is one that would not take place without the backing of all the amazing organisations who work with us to make it happen.

We want to thank our 2018 funders Reece Foundation, Make it Sunderland, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Cleveland Scientific Institution, Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Sunderland and Rotary North East, Thorn Lighting, Lear Corporation, Avid Technology, Hyperdrive Innovation, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers Institution of Measurement and Control. Your financial and in-kind support enabled us to put on the event, promoting the world of North East engineering to more than 2000, 9-14-year-olds from all corners of the region.

The Bring It On 2019 event promises to be an even bigger success with organisers stepping on firm foundations from the previous two years. Registrations for businesses and schools are opening very soon – be part of the fantastic cause that Bring It On is and help us inspire the next generation of engineering in the North East.