Neon: Access to engineering careers resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Possibilities: The Neon resources include a quiz showing pupils how their skills and passions could lead to a job in engineering

A new website has been unveiled to offer pupils aged seven and upwards access to quality-assured engineering outreach opportunities and careers resources.

It has been put together by EngineeringUK and is aimed at engaging young people in a career in the engineering sector, which makes up nearly 20 per cent of the workforce.

Research from EngineeringUK shows that young people who have taken part in a STEM careers activity are three times more likely to consider a career in engineering. However, only 13 per cent of young people took part in any formal STEM related careers activity during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Neon resources are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance and offer a list of in-class, online and external experiences which are searchable, quality-assured and Covid-secure. These include everything from tackling real world engineering problems in class, to live online sessions to create a future city, to creating virtual racing cars are listed and there is also a range of careers resources.

Hilary Leevers, CEO of EngineeringUK said: “It is a critical time to provide high-quality careers information that empowers young people, regardless of their background, to make informed decisions about their education and careers. Teachers are key to this and must be supported to deliver impactful experiences even in these challenging circumstances.

“Neon offers a way for teachers to easily engage with a range of inclusive and diverse engineering experiences, safe in the knowledge that each activity is quality assured, helping young people to form vital links between school learning and real careers.”

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