Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow

Materials World magazine
4 Nov 2019

EngineeringUK-lead engineering campaign, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, successfully ran to inspire future engineers and demonstrate the potential of careers in the field.

It was another successful year for a national initiative designed to showcase engineers and engineering as a career to younger people, their teachers and parents. Further, it aims to change negative impressions and misconceptions around working in the industry.

In its seventh year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week ran from 4-8 November to celebrate engineers and engineering. 

‘Engineering and technology play an incredible role in shaping the world around us and in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from providing a sustainable supply of food, water and clean energy, to advancing healthcare, and keeping us safe and secure,' said Royal Academy of Engineering CEO, Dr Hayaatun Sillem, in the run up to the launch. 

‘We know that young people increasingly want to tackle these issues and make a difference in the world, but unfortunately, the lack of understanding around engineering is stopping them from exploring careers that will enable them to do this […]. That’s why we made 6 November "This is Engineering Day,” to raise awareness of what engineers really do and celebrate those that are shaping the world we live in.’

Under the remit of celebrating people, careers and the vast range of opportunities the industry offers, the event featured engineer Robert Jowitt’s story. Jowitt was previously enrolled at Leeds College of Building, where studied a HNC and HND in Civil Engineering, while he worked as a technician engineer at the Canal & River Trust. After becoming fully qualified, he secured the job as Project Manager with the Trust.  

As part of the Canal & River Trust, Jowitt shared how he had worked on a broad range of projects. For example, he worked on a £1mln towpath project on the Rochdale Canal and is currently managing the repair works to Toddbrook Reservoir, which over the summer suffered damage to the its spillway due to heavy rain. In collaboration with contracting firm Kier, Jowitt is working to keep the water levels in control and well-managed while working on the repairs of the spillway to keep the damn and reservoir secure. 

‘The last 13 weeks have been hectic, managing a project of this style and profile and working alongside the emergency services, Army, RAF and our contractor. However, it’s incredibly exciting and a career-defining experience for me,’ Jowitt said. 

‘I would love to potentially inspire students about a career in engineering or project management. I got interested in it through a tutor at Leeds College of Building who sparked my interest due to the passion she had for the subject. I had never even thought about heading down the project management career path until then.’ 

Read more about the success of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and how to get involved next year here: More information about the This is Engineering Day programme can be found here: