An Engineering specific careers resource designed to inspire and signpost more young people towards starting a career in the sector has launched to over 100 High Schools this month.

The 2021 iteration of the Engineering Careers Prospectus, produced by Next Gen Makers, combines insight regarding local industry, emerging sectors, and career paths, with profiles of local manufacturers and information to signpost school leavers to Apprenticeships and Full-Time courses delivered by local specialist Colleges & Training providers.

Now in its’ second year, such was the success of the 2020 edition and the positive response from schools to the resource, that the audience of High Schools has increased by more than 150%.

Over 50 local engineering & manufacturing firms are profiled across 6 regions of the West Midlands, in addition to 9 FE Colleges and Training Providers, including: City of Wolverhampton College, Dudley College, the Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology, Walsall College, BMET College, Halesowen College and Sandwell College.

Managing Director of Next Gen Makers Adam Tipper comments: “The objective of the Engineering Careers Prospectus 2021 is simple; to change perceptions of Engineering, inspiring more young people to consider careers in Engineering and signpost those that are interested to the most suitable next step after High School for them”.

The Engineering Careers Prospectus resource is supported by a series of Engineering Careers Webinars delivered by Next Gen Makers to year 11 students at High Schools across the West Midlands.

The 2021 iteration promotes the message ‘Become a Professional Engineer’, encouraging young people and influencers such as parents and teachers to regard Engineering as a profession, just like Lawyers and Doctors.

Tipper continues: “Unfortunately Engineering & Manufacturing does suffer from outdated perceptions and a huge lack of awareness of what it can offer as a career.

“However, last year we proved through our High School Webinars that supported the Engineering Careers Prospectus, that once you bring students, teachers and parents up to speed with what Engineering is actually like, the variety in it and the wealth of prospects, more people will be interested in choosing it as a career path”.

The key to Next Gen Makers’ success so far has been in creating a unified voice and a concise message.

SME manufacturing companies are profiled shoulder to shoulder with larger firms, Colleges and Training Providers.

Success stories of a wide range of existing Apprentices provide proof of young people enjoying promising starts to their career and ‘Meet the Makers’ interviews share the perspective of Directors and senior level employers from a diverse range of sectors.

Launched in March 2020 as an online resource supported by a printed counterpart, the Next Gen Makers Engineering Careers Prospectus 2021 covers 6 regions in total: Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall/Cannock, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Redditch/Bromsgrove.

It will be supported by around 30 Engineering Careers Webinars in High Schools across these regions on a rolling 12 monthly basis, delivered by the team at Next Gen Makers.

Visit here: https://www.nextgenmakers.co.uk/prospectus