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Hundreds of schools set for Big Assembly

A drive to showcase how engineers help people’s health and wellbeing is underway as plans for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019 have been revealed.

At the heart of the Week will be a “Big Assembly” where around 50,000 young people are expected to take part in the same school assembly at the same time. The Big Assembly will feature inspirational engineers on a mission to improve people’s health and the nation’s wellbeing.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly will take place and streamed live on Wednesday 6 November at 10:30am – and will be available on demand 24 hours later.

Last year, more than 850 schools and 50,000 young people took part. Schools can sign up to take part and download lesson plans at www.bigassembly.org.

The Assembly and the wider Week of activity will highlight how engineering can be the career to fulfil young people’s dreams of rewarding careers tackling important issues facing society.

According to Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, nine in ten young people would like a job with a purpose. Almost two-thirds (64%) of parents want their children to have a job that is something they can be proud of and two-fifths (38%) want their child to make a positive difference to society with their careers.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is delivered by EngineeringUK a not-for-profit organisation, which works with the engineering community – employers and professional institutions – to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.

Beth Elgood, Director of Communications at EngineeringUK, said:

With so many career options open to young people, it’s vital that they understand the sheer range of exciting opportunities engineering provides.

From tackling diseases to saving lives at sea to stopping flooding, prevent plastics from entering our oceans and even helping animals, engineers are at the heart of making the world a better place.

Last year’s first ever Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly was a huge success with over 850 schools taking part and we look forward to even more students being part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week in 2019.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly is sponsored by EngineeringUK, ICE, IET, IMechE and the National Centre for Computing Education. It is supported by the Energy Institute, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. It has the backing of the Government’s Engineering: Take A Closer Look campaign run from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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