General Electric (GE) has announced a five-year plan in the UK as part of its global Next Engineers Programme. With an investment of £2.5m ($3.44m), the plan’s key objective is to boost the diversity of young people entering engineering careers.
The GE Foundation has partnered with MyKindaFuture – a UK HR tech company – in order to utilise its skills in engaging and onboarding under-represented talent. Measures will include running one-hour sessions and activities for the youngest students, week-long summer camps based around engineering during school holidays, and an engineering academy for older students providing three years of out-of-school coaching.
The UK programme will be based in Staffordshire, joining three of GE’s existing sites globally that design, develop and service various power and renewable energy products. This Staffordshire base is the fourth to be announced as part of the project, following Johannesburg in South Africa and Cincinnati and Greenville in the US.
GE estimates that the Next Engineers Programme will reach more than 3,500 students under the age of 18, with the programme designed to provide first-hand experience of engineering and in some cases financial support for further education in engineering-related subjects.
GE’s wider Next Engineers Programme, which was unveiled in early 2021, has already invested $100m and aims to reach 85,000 students across 25 locations over the next ten years.