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Smart FuturesBright Futures website

Smart Futures, funded by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland, promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-related careers. It provides online resources for students, teachers and parents, and facilitates school careers presentations by volunteers.

AIMEImage: AIME website

AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) provides an educational programme with mentors to support indigenous high school students to finish school and make the transition to further education or employment.

Future Morph

Front page: Future Morph website

Future Morph was created to show school students that studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths provides skills and knowledge valuable in almost any career. This UK website provides resources for students aged 11 to 16+, parents, teachers and careers advisers.

Engineering Insite

“Were you born to engineer?” Engineering Insite’s resources for school students, parents, teachers and careers advisers helps in answering that question and shows the pathways into engineering-related careers.

Tomorrow's EngineersEngineer talking to students at careers event

Tomorrow’s Engineers provides information and resources to inspire young people into engineering careers. It also runs a schools programme, working with businesses and other organisations to provide industry visits, workshops, STEM Ambassador partnerships and curriculum-based resources.

Bright SparksImage of Bright Sparks website

Bright Sparks was created in 2000 to nurture the students who will be our future engineers, electricians and programmers. The Bright Sparks Forum connects people with an interest in technology and software, and the Bright Sparks Awards encourage students to develop their electronics, engineering and/or programming skills.


STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM subjects and careers. It links with industry partners to support the STEM curriculum in schools, and STEM Ambassadors talk to students about their study and careers. 

Tech Girls Movement  

The Tech Girls Movement is a non-profit organisation supporting the development of a more diverse IT workforce. It encourages awareness of technology careers, in particular the opportunities for girls in the IT industry. The Tech Girls are Superheroes campaign includes stories about women in computing and IT roles.
Tech Girls are Superheroes: software engineer explains her role

Futureintech has been promoting careers in technology, engineering and science since 2003, and currently has over 800 technologists, engineers and scientists who volunteer their time to work in schools. Futureintech produces a range of online and print publications about careers in engineering, including educational pathways and first-hand accounts of engineering roles, for students, parents and teachers. Futureintech is an IPENZ initiative funded by Callaghan Innovation.

Royal Society of New Zealand 
The Royal Society of New Zealand‘s Teaching & Learning team provides resources for teaching science, maths and technology. These include a science teaching leadership programme, the CREST Awards scheme, Realise the Dream competition, newsletters and educational booklets.

Waikato Engineering Careers Association
Waikato Engineering Careers Association (WECA) attends school-based careers expos and runs a range of promotional events. Supported by partners Wintec, Lawson Williams, University of Waikato, Vo2 and Waikato Bearings and with 25 member companies, WECA promotes engineering careers to students, families and teachers in the Waikato region.

Originally a resource for Technology teachers, Techlink continues to provide resources to support Technology in the classroom. It has also collaborated with the Metro Group of ITPs on the Techlink Pathways Project which aims to bridge the transition from secondary school to first-year tertiary study (the project has not yet been implemented).

Careers New Zealand
Careers New Zealand provides careers planning advice and information on education and training. Users can look at broad career fields and specific jobs – each description includes the average rate of pay, job opportunities and related roles. The site also has a page on entrepreneurship. 

ASPIRES 2 extends the unique dataset developed by the first ASPIRES study. Building on previous research, the ASPIRES team continues to track students over the next five years, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people's science and career aspirations. The ASPIRES team will relate these to their actual subject choices and attainment in national examinations in Year 11 (GCSE) and post-16 choices.
ASPIRES report - 2013

Engineering Gateways
The Engineering Council is the UK’s regulatory body for the engineering profession. It led the development of the government-funded Engineering Gateways initiative. This involved developing a framework for pathways to professional qualifications for working engineers lacking the requisite academic qualifications and who are unable to commit to full-time study.

The Institute of IT Professionals (IITP)
The Institute of IT Professionals is involved in tertiary and secondary school education issues. It runs a school outreach programme and is currently piloting ICT-Connect in which ICT professionals visit classrooms to discuss career opportunities.

National Higher Education STEM Programme
This UK programme supports higher education institutions in the exploration of new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. National partners include universities and professional bodies.

Changing the conversation
The National Academy of Engineering (USA) launched its Changing the Conversation project in 2013. It looks at the problems around public perceptions of engineers, the solutions and suggests how engineers can take action.

The Big Bang
The annual UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair aims to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities with science, technology, engineering and maths qualifications. A growing programme of events takes place throughout the year and around the country, including the National Science & Engineering Competition

Georgia Tech Women in Engineering
Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Programme (WIE) aims to recruit and retain women in its engineering courses. In 2015, WIE is piloting a new outreach event Students Exploring Engineering which will target 100 female secondary school students who have demonstrated aptitude in STEM fields.
Gerogia Tech online Master's degrees
Georgia Tech has also introduced online learning for students studying for a Master’s degree in engineering.

University of Derby scheme to boost UK engineering
The University of Derby and the Higher Education Funding Council for England announced a £1.3million initiative to help plug a UK skills gap in vital engineering skills. The university developed two new postgraduate training courses available free to students and giving them new skills to boost their employability.

Changing Perceptions
The ERA Foundation, which runs the website engineering, promotes careers in engineering to young people, parents and teachers. It commissioned a report on how to tackle the perception of engineering in the UK.

Engineer Your Future exhibition
The Science Museum (London) set up a three-year exhibition, Engineer Your Future, aimed at 11-to 15-year-olds. This is complemented by online information about careers in engineering.

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