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BAE, Other Tech Firms Back UK ‘Engineering for Growth’ Initiative

BAESystemsLogoBAE Systems and several other technology companies and government entities have pledged their support for a Royal Academy of Engineering initiative to promote U.K. engineering, New Electronics magazine reported Tuesday.

Laura Hopperton writes the Engineering for Growth campaign has so far signed up BAE, Rolls-Royce, the Mclaren Group, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board since its launch in early 2013.

The partners aim to raise awareness about the sector in the business community and promote engineering as a career option for students.

“Engineers are the perfect example of the sort of high-skilled, long-term jobs we want to encourage, jobs that will be critical to growing the British economy over the next decade,” the report quoted Business Secretary Vince Cable as saying.

“My ambition is that this decade becomes the decade of the engineer as we encourage more young people—and girls in particular—to study physics, maths and science at school as the gateway subjects to a career in engineering,” Cable added.

Among the EfG’s key campaigns is the Enterprise Hub that intends to help startup tech companies and entrepreneurs achieve their goals and contribute to society via a mentorship program.

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