Science Industry Partnership

21 Oct 2020

Our careers, our future: STEM careers provision and young people

EngineeringUK has published a research briefing on young people’s experiences and perspectives of careers provision and engineering. The findings suggest that young people want more opportunities to engage with employers, through work experiences, job fairs and site visits. They expressed a need for more information, advice and guidance within schools, through career days, online resources and access to expert advice.

Our careers, our future draws on findings from our recent survey ‘Young People and Covid-19’, the Engineering Brand Monitor (EBM) as well as case studies directly from young people. It includes findings related to young people’s access to careers activities since school closures in March 2020. This briefing also summarises current provision of careers education in schools and colleges, evidencing gaps in access and quality.

This research suggests that as a result of the pandemic, 24% of 11 to 19 year olds surveyed indicated the pandemic has made them more likely to choose a career in healthcare and 36% of young people reported that, since the pandemic, having a positive impact on society has become a more important factor to consider in making career choices. This reinforces the need for meaningful interactions with young people about their career choices and engaging the next generation into vital STEM roles.

Our SIP Ambassador programme has been designed to provide young people with science industry employee encounters where they will learn about the breadth of careers available and the different routes into the industry whilst developing their own employability skills. SIP Ambassadors are science industry employees who have been trained to work with young people, parents, teachers and careers advisers to promote the many careers available within the science-based industries. They aim to inspire and enthuse young people and dispel the myths and stereotypes about working in the science industry whilst providing a unique insight into the world of work.