HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright has thrown his backing behind an initiative to inspire the next generation of engineers.
He has pledged his support for Tomorrow’s Engineer’s Week which is being promoted by the Government and industry.
The campaign, which runs from November 4 to 8, aims to change outdated perceptions about engineering careers among young people, their parents and teachers and demonstrate the relevance of engineering to youngsters’ everyday lives.
An event to promote the event was staged in parliament and hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
As part of his support for the scheme Mr Wright will visit St Hild’s School, in Hartlepool, which specialises in engineering, on Thursday, November 7.
He will be joined by Shadow Education Minister Kevin Brennan MP and Councillor Chris Simmons, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee.
Mr Wright 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 safe drinking water, designing stage lighting rigs and new mobile phones, and inventing new cars and space travel.
“I will be doing all that I can to show young people in Hartlepool what a great career engineering could be for them.”