Master and Apprentices attend APPEG Luncheon at the House of Lords
Nov 28th 2018: The Year of Engineering
Master, Ken Sanders had the opportunity to take a number of Apprentices/ Freemen to another APPEG luncheon, in the House of Lords, on 28th November, chaired by Professor, the Lord Broers. The topic this session was 'The Year of Engineering' a year long campaign to tackle the Engineering skills gap. Stephen Metcalfe MP, Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering explained the importance of the sector and was joined by a number of inspiring graduate engineers to share their stories.
As usual, a lively Q&A session followed the presentations.
Accompanying Ken were Apprentices Josh Mitchell and Sam Dixon, and Freemen, James Bezer, Gavin Leong and Bridget Donaldson. You can read some of their comments on the event below.
Thanks for the opportunity, I really enjoyed it! It was great to speak to not just older people, but hear from younger people who differ in location and schooling to me and therefore have a much different opinion on the issues surrounding getting more people to consider engineering as a career. Josh Mitchell
The lunch was an excellent opportunity to network with people, and particularly young people, in the engineering world. I am especially pleased to have met more of WCSIM's members. The debate over lunch strengthened my enthusiasm for engineering by emphasising the breadth and multidisciplinary nature of the field. It was also interesting to see the panel's views on the skills gap as that is a topic of my degree course this term. Thank you so much for inviting me. Sam Dixon
It was a great opportunity to get a glimpse inside the workings of parliament. I got to meet some really interesting people, and listened to an engaging debate on how to improve diversity in engineering, and promote access to good careers through non traditional routes. James Bezer
There has never been a better time to get involved in Engineering. But that doesn't mean our work here is done. That's what I took from the All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group discussion on 28 November. It was a room of around 120 people composed of roughly half students and early-career engineers, and half professionals and academics with a dozen or so Lords and MPs. During the Q&A, I asked Mr Metcalfe how he was addressing the need for interdisciplinarity and collaboration in engineering, and whether reinventing the image of engineering to young people is needed to encourage further engagement. The event was very well organised, and it was an opportunity to meet and discuss with people whom I'd not ordinarily cross paths. Thank you Ken! Gavin Leong