The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is partnering with the Scout Association and sponsoring the scout electronics activity badge.
The UK is suffering a worrying shortfall of technicians and engineers. Domestic companies are struggling to find new recruits with the skills and practical experience.
By sponsoring the scout electronics activity badge, the IET is hoping to enthuse younger generations into developing a love of engineering and technology. The thinking and problem-solving skills that are developed through scouting are exactly the sort of skills businesses and universities will be looking for further down the line.
We are currently working with the IET on producing an activity pack designed to guide leaders and scouts through the requirements of the scout electronics activity badge. This pack will give scouts an insight into how the devices and appliances that shape our lives actually work, and also give them practical, hands-on experience of electronics
In the meantime the IET offers free learning resources for young people that are perfect for those of scout age. These include posters and careers advice and can be ordered for free from www.ietfaraday.org.
The IET is a world-leading professional members’ organisation. They are a charity that works to support the engineering community, to raise awareness of engineering amongst the public and opinion formers and to encourage more young people to take up the wide range of fascinating and rewarding careers engineering offers.