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Training the Next Generation of Designers and Engineers

Training the Next Generation of Designers and Engineers

16th October 2017

On Thursday 16th October 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment (APGSE), in partnership with the Edge Foundation and the Design and Technology Association, hosted a panel discussion and student showcase examining the UK's training of designers and engineers. 

The event brought together an audience of teachers, students and policy makers to discuss the importance of creative and technical subjects to Parliamentarians – with an emphasis on the high tech digital, engineering and creative thinking skills that young people have access to.

An audience of over one hundred people heard a keynote address from Lord Baker, former Secretary of State for Education and Chair of the Edge Foundation, on the critical importance of designer and engineering education in secondary schools. 

An expert panel then discussed how these skills can be further developed to provide the expertise that is critical to the success of a modern Industrial Strategy. The panel was made up of: 

  • Michelle Donelan: Member of Parliament for Chippenham (Chair)

  • Andrew Churchill: Managing Director, JJ Churchill Ltd

  • Eileen Budd: Project Manager, Victoria and Albert Institute

  • Sally Benton: Director of Policy & Research, Design Council 

  • Bill Williams; Chief Executive of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellenc

  • Alice Barnard: Chief Executive of the Edge Foundation

The panel and key note were proceeded and followed by pupils from across England giving a practical demonstration of design and technology learning, including robotics, coding, 3D printing and drone technology, as part of a drop-in session for Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Staff.