EngineeringUK has run the Engineering Brand Monitor (EBM) survey annually since 2010, asking young people aged 7 to 19, parents and STEM secondary school teachers about their perceptions, understanding, and knowledge of STEM and engineering.
Published in December 2021, the ‘STEM secondary school teachers’ report examines their knowledge and understanding of engineering and the extent to which they feel able and are motivated to provide related careers guidance and activities to their students. We hope to shed light on how teachers as key influencers can be better supported and, in turn, support young people from all backgrounds to have the capability, opportunity and motivation to pursue an engineering career.
The 'Parents and students' report, published April 2022, aims to understand perceptions and understanding around engineering, as well as aspirations and intentions to pursue engineering as a career, and how parents and teachers can influence these aspirations. For the first time, parents were asked to answer questions about their perceptions of engineering, professional backgrounds, and how much they engage in careers activities with their child, before handing the survey over to their child to complete. This means that responses from parents and young people to the EBM can be linked and the association between responses from each examined.