Transport for London (TfL) has thrown its weight behind the Year of Engineering campaign.
The local government body responsible for the transport system in the capital is supporting the scheme because there are a vast array of exciting projects being undertaken in London, in an industry that is suffering a skills gap.
TfL understands how vital the Year of Engineering is in the process of attracting talent into the industry, which they may not otherwise consider
The Year of Engineering campaign could help the transport sector to make up a shortfall that is predicted to stand at in excess of 55,000 people in transport infrastructure by 2020.
However, the drive to bring more engineers into the industry is also so that the diversity is improved, as currently, female representation and those from BAME backgrounds are low.
TfL is united in wanting to see the engineering sector reflect the diversity of the people it delivers projects for.
People from all walks of life will use the Elizabeth line, and rail stations that TfL has worked diligently to improve.
This should be reflected in the workforce and that is why TfL will offer a range of activities and opportunities for the Year of Engineering campaign throughout the year.
This will include new opportunities for engineering apprenticeships; access to its dedicated Supplier Skills programme; the chance to enter the Innovate TfL competition; the growth of TfL’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador programme; and training at TfL’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford.
George Clark is the Director of Engineering at TfL. He is proud of the company’s involvement in the Year of Engineering.
“We are proud to be supporting the Year of Engineering campaign with a whole range of activities going on throughout 2018 that will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of engineers.
“By reaching children and young adults, we will be able to show them how they can channel their passions into a rewarding career in the future that will enable them to make a real difference to life in London.”