Who are we
The Making Engineering Hot Programme formed in 2008 focuses on promoting engineering career to young people aged 12-18 years from black and minority ethnic backgrounds as well as young people living in areas considered to be less advantaged (e.g. lower socio-economic communities). We use our experience from the various engineering disciplines to provide unique insights into the engineering industry through work placements and employability workshops, focusing on students from under-represented communities. To date we have reached 4000 recipients.
What do we do
The proportion of United Kingdom (UK) citizens from ethnic minority communities is projected to reach between 20 and 30 percent by 2050. The UK has a long-standing history of engineering achievement. However, the UK engineering sector is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled professionals. Only 8% of UK engineers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds although an average of 25% of engineering university graduates are from BME backgrounds. To add to this, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected many BME school students, e.g. research has shown that BME school students often outperform the grades that assessors predict they will achieve. Since exams have been cancelled, we will find that many BME school students will miss out on the opportunity to pursue their A-level subjects of choice. Mentoring and guidance for such students are of utmost importance. AFBE-UK works to increase the number of ethnic minorities who pursue a career and succeed within the engineering industry.
We promote diversity in engineering and technology through our programmes and activities which are led by exceptional professionals and leaders in the engineering industry and are designed to bring about meaningful change, sustainable growth and development and a lasting positive impact to the UK.
How can you help
The funds donated will be used for;
- Regular engineering project workshops to allow young people to experience a variety of engineering activities. Funds would be required to provide equipment and kit necessary for the projects.
- Transport expenses for students we help to secure work experience, for travel to and from the work experience locations.
- Staff costs - Currently, most of our activity is dependent on engineering professionals volunteering their time. To ensure a level of resilience, we would need to hire a part time session staff who will provide assistance during our workshops. A portion of the funds will go to paying the session staff a salary.
- Hiring venues for our large events such as careers days and mock assessment centres.
- Material costs; printing and refreshment cost for students during long sessions
Here is an example of the typical feedback we have received from participants:
"I would like to thank you for the invaluable experience I gained over the last week. I greatly value your kindness and to thank you for choosing me. You and the entire team welcomed me and made me feel part of the team. It is due to my work experience with you that I am now considering pursuing a career in the engineering.
Finishing this work experience, I am walking away with many new skills that will help me in my future career. I am especially grateful for having the opportunity to develop my commercial awareness and sharpen my analytical skills by using excel and using the different equations for finding out the heating, cooling load and discharge units. Also, how to use GSA and Revit. Working in such a positive team environment, inspired me to work with dedication and passion to achieve my goals."
Rachel Bakanasa, St Michaels Catholic College Southwark, Work Experience at Arup Feedback