We’ve pulled together some information to cover any questions you might have about the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code.
If you have a question that isn’t covered here please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.
What is The Code and who is it for?
The Code is a commitment by organisations to work toward common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers. Any organisation with UK operations that funds, designs and/or delivers engineering-inspiration activities is invited to become a signatory.
Signatories make four pledges about their approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering-inspiration activities (including STEM programmes dedicated to inspiring young people into engineering).
The Code Community is made up of engineering firms (FTSE 100 through to SMEs), professional bodies, subject associations, universities, museums, delivery partners and more.
There are no costs associated with becoming a member of this community and any organisation not meeting the criteria above, can join as a Supporter.
Why do we need The Code?
Engineering is a varied, stimulating and valuable career and we need to work harder than ever to ensure that it is accessible for this generation of young people – for their own life chances and so that we have a diverse and insightful workforce that enables the UK to thrive.
The collective impact of work across the sector needs to grow to help young people understand what engineering is, how to get into it, and be motivated and able to access the educational and training opportunities on the way.
Many organisations are already doing important work but together, via The Tomorrow’s Engineers Code, we can deliver a joined-up approach to drive change at scale.
Who designed The Code?
Resulting from a roundtable, as part of the legacy for the 2018 Year of Engineering and in line with a recommendation in the Perkins Review Revisited 2019, a code of practice was proposed as a means to maximise the impact of inspiration activities both individually and collectively.
What is now known as the Tomorrow’s Engineer’s Code was developed over seven co-creation workshops held in Aberdeen, London, and Manchester. It was drafted in the knowledge that it would need to be flexible to support organisations both big and small, including SMEs, corporates, engineering institutions and more.
In autumn 2019 organisations were invited to share their views on a draft version of The Code. Following this, the draft which was finetuned based on feedback from over 100 organisations.
What are Signatories committing to?
As a Signatory you confirm that your organisation will work collaboratively with others, as a member of the community of Signatories, to increase the number and diversity of young people entering engineering.
As such, you make 4 pledges about your approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering-inspiration activities (including STEM programmes dedicated to inspiring young people into engineering).
You also agree to:
- Be guided by the Tomorrow's Engineers Code to drive continuous improvement
- Be an ambassador for the Tomorrow's Engineers Code and actively contribute to the community of signatories
- Reconfirm the commitment every 2 years
What are the benefits of becoming a Signatory?
As a Signatory you will become part of a community working to address one of the engineering sector's most challenging issues and be part of the solution by building an understanding of what works so we can drive change at scale.
- Have access to support that will empower you to meet the 4 pledge areas including evidence-based summaries of what works, sharing of case studies, signposting to organisations that can provide tailored support, and ideas for improvement.
- Be directed to evidence-based best-practice and research on the Tomorrow’s Engineers Hub which will enable you to deliver best-in-class projects and programmes.
- Be able to use The Code’s pledge areas to continually develop or challenge your organisation’s engineering-inspiration strategy and drive up the quality of engineering-inspiration activities.
What are Supporters committing to?
Organisations that don’t meet the criteria to become a Signatory, can become a Supporter. As a Supporter you will not sign up to the pledges, but your organisation will commit to play an active part in the Code Community e.g. contributing to events where applicable and sharing knowledge/good practice.
What are the benefits of becoming a Supporter?
As a Supporter you will become part of a community working to address one of the engineering sector's most challenging issues. You will be invited to briefings and events (TBC) to share and hear from others about the latest insights and best-practice. Being a supporter is also a public demonstration about how your organisation values the power of working together.
What inspiration activities does The Code cover?
The Code only relates to engineering-inspiration activities which include:
- Events, fairs, campaigns, mentoring, teacher Continuing Professional Development, role models/speakers, volunteers, hands-on activities, competitions, projects, student clubs, visits – basically any activity that aims to increase the number of young people progressing towards a career in engineering.
- STEM activity that seeks to encourage more people to pursue careers in engineering. This means it does not, for example, include STEM activities simply dedicated to maths.
What are the data/reporting requirements?
The sign-up process requires you to provide details of the senior individual accountable for your organisation meeting The Code commitments and the individual responsible for ensuring your organisation delivers against The Code pledges.
The Code is about changing behaviours, not about policing what organisations are doing. It is about providing support and insight to drive continuous improvement so at present there will be no formal verification activity to check that organisations are making progress in each pledge area.
Organisations will need to re-confirm they are committed to funding, designing, and/or delivering activity in alignment with The Code every 2 years.
Will I need to deliver activities/programmes with other Signatories?
No, but it might be something you consider/explore. It is anticipated a more joined-up way of working will enable collaboration, and refinement/re-targeting of some activity as visibility of programmes increases amongst members of the code community.
How is The Code managed?
Co-created by and for the engineering community, The Code remains ‘owned’ by its community of Signatories and Supporters.
An Advisory Board and informal Thinking Group support EngineeringUK, which has been chosen to manage and deliver The Code and its community. EngineeringUK will facilitate the governance of The Code and is committed to a formal biennial review of The Code and how Signatories are meeting the pledges.
In addition to The Code’s 100+ co-creators, without support from Anglo American, the Department for Education, EngineeringUK and Shell, the launch and subsequent delivery would not have been possible.