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October 24, 2013 2:53 PM

Andrew Stunell MP wants more young women in Stockport to take up careers in engineering, and is backing a national 'Tomorrow's Engineers Week' to persuade them to take up training.

Commenting, Andrew Stunell said:

"Engineering is part of everyday life and engineers make a world of difference. Engineers work in jobs as diverse as designing new hair care products, providing safer drinking water, designing stage lighting rigs and new mobile phones, and inventing new cars and space travel. I want to show young people in my constituency what a great career engineering could be for them."

Tomorrow's Engineers Week takes place from 4th-8th November 2013 and is a collaborative effort between industry and government. The campaign aims to change outdated perceptions about engineering careers among young people, their parents and teachers and will demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people's everyday lives.

Local MP Andrew Stunell says: "For some young people college and A levels may be the next step, for others it could be an apprenticeship with a local firm. Either way Tomorrow's Engineers Week is a good way of challenging them to think of engineering and I am delighted to support it."

Sir Andrew has been running a very successful apprentice recruitment scheme in Stockport, with over 150 young people taken on in the first 100 days.

"There are many engineering employers within my constituency, and I have seen first-hand the contribution that young engineers are making to those companies and to our local economy."

According to EngineeringUK, engineering companies will have 2.74 million job openings between 2010 and 2020 across a diverse range of disciplines. However far too few school children, particularly girls, are choosing the GCSEs, A Levels, Apprenticeships, degrees or other vocational pathways that will lead to engineering careers.

For further information about Tomorrow's Engineers Week and to find out how to get involved, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk