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Almost 50,000 join biggest simultaneous assembly

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, now in its sixth year, has come to a close following a record-breaking week of activity.

The highlight of the Week was the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly where almost 50,000 students all took part in the same school assembly at the same time, connected by a live video stream and social media, to learn about how engineers can make an impact on the world.

Broadcaster Fayon Dixon, who hosted the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly, said:

The Big Assembly used the power of technology to connect people together and inspire students about how engineers make the world a better place.

We heard inspiring stories from engineers who are helping to save the environment, develop medical procedures, keep us safe, help animals and even entertain us.

Viewers of the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly heard about different routes into the industry, learnt that engineers are in demand, earn good money and make a difference to the world.

With EngineeringUK data showing that 203,000 people with engineering skills are needed annually in the UK, the Big Assembly and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week aims to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Schools, colleges, students and parents can watch the Assembly again on demand at

Minister for the Year of Engineering, Nusrat Ghani MP, said:

It was fantastic to see so many students from around the country joining the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly to hear inspiring stories from engineers on a mission, and the eye-opening questions they prompted.

There really has never been a better time to become an engineer, with vast and varied opportunities for children from all backgrounds to shape the world around us. Events like this are a brilliant way of bringing this exciting profession to life and inspiring students to think about engineering as a career – the aims at the heart of the Year of Engineering.

Engineers across the UK have been supporting through social media and events such as the Big Bang @ Parliament and a Women’s Engineering Society initiative have ensured young people were able to hear about how engineering is a career that makes a positive difference to the world.

Five engineers on a mission were selected to star in films which have been watched more than 100,000 times with content posted across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube:

Image: Amber Richardson