The DETI Skills team at UWE Bristol has launched a new Diversity Demonstrator. This aims to address the skills and employment gap in engineering by championing engineering to children in the West of England, using a network of diverse engineering role models to inspire them.
The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative is receiving £5m from the West of England Combined Authority and is expected to deliver at least £62m of added research and development value over five years.
In order to appeal to under-represented groups and increase diversity in the profession, the Diversity Demonstrator will focus on breaking stereotypes and challenging perceptions about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by showcasing a wide variety of engineering role models from under-represented groups within the industry, including women, people from low socio-economic backgrounds and people of Black, Asian and minority ethnicity.
To help achieve this goal, the DETI Skills team at UWE has recently become members of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE). AFBE promote diversity in engineering and technology through their programmes and activities, and offer support to minority ethnic students and professionals within the industry. If you are a minority ethnic engineer we invite you to join the network so you too can benefit from the support on offer from AFBE. For more information, or to join the Diversity Demonstrator engineering network please get in contact with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The DETI Skills team at UWE has also started working with My Future My Choice, a grass roots organisation which actively encourages young people to develop their career aspirations. Together they are creating an engaging and interactive activity – digital engineering themed careers cards. These ‘Top Trumps’ style cards showcase the wide array of roles available within the engineering industry and are modelled on real-life engineers, featuring a short video clip from each professional in the field. The team is still recruiting volunteer engineers to ‘become’ these cards. If you would like more information on how to get involved with this activity or any of the upcoming events, please contact the DETI Skills Communications Coordinator email@example.com