Mayer Brown has begun a programme of primary school visits with the aim of bringing the experience of engineering into the classroom.
In January, the organisation Education and Employers published their report Drawing the Future, which was the culmination of the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted into what primary school children wanted to do when they grew up.
The survey found that by a considerable margin (over 10 percentage points), the most popular job for children in the UK was either a sportsman or sportswoman with a total of 21.3% of children identifying this as the job they would like to do when they were older. This was followed by teacher, vet and social media and gaming. The survey also found that from a young age children, often stereotype jobs according to gender and their career choices are based on these assumptions.
Similar to the 2013 Education and Employers report, ‘Nothing in Common’, the research found a major disconnect between the careers that primary-age children are most interested in and those that the economy needs.
The January report concluded that meeting volunteers from the world of work can play a key role in providing children with role models and tackling stereotyping around gender and ethnicity and help to ensure that children at a young age don’t start ruling out options for themselves.
In response to this study, Mayer Brown has begun a programme of primary school visits with the aim of bringing the experience of engineering into the classroom. Children will be given a mini hard hat and hi-vis to wear and a chance to talk to people from the world of work. From transport and infrastructure, through to waste management and software programming, we will aim to show them the plethora of jobs and experiences available through engineering.
We’ll keep you posted…