Briefings

Social mobility in engineering

This briefing, published in November 2018, provides an overview of social mobility in engineering, both in terms of the educational pipeline and the workforce. It considers the potential implications of recent policy reforms, presents trends in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) educational attainment and participation among those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and reflects on how these impact on their employment outcomes. It also examines the barriers to participation in engineering and highlights various strategies being implemented to overcome them.

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Gender disparity in engineering

Published in July 2018, this briefing provides an overview of female underrepresentation in engineering - both those coming through the education and training pipeline into the profession and those working as engineers. It includes findings from our Engineering Brand Monitor, a national survey of young people and the public more generally into their knowledge, perceptions and understanding of the profession, to provide some insight into this gender imbalance.

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