Scotland helping young engineers into world of work

An Aberdeen-based organisation has helped graduates gain employment in the engineering industry just six months after completing their degrees.


AFBE-UK Scotland is the Scottish division of AFBE-UK, a registered not-for-profit organisation which encourages young people, particularly those of black and minority ethnic (BME) origin, to pursue a career in engineering.


The group recently conducted research into its Transition initiative aimed at assessing the effectiveness of the programme in ensuring participants to secure an industry job post-graduation.


Transition is AFBE-UK Scotland’s flagship programme which supports engineering students and graduates. Events take place throughout the year and consist of activities including mock interviews, CV reviews and assessment centres, as well as key speeches from industry professionals.


Results of the survey have shown that participants of Transition between 2011 and 2016 have benefited from the experience, finding it effective in supporting them to secure employment.


97.5% of the respondents to AFBE-UK Scotland’s survey reported that they found guidance and knowledge given at Transition helpful, while 87% felt they were better prepared for interviews as a result of their attendance at events.


70% of those who participated between 2011 and 2014 secured a job relevant to their academic programme degree within 12 months of completing their degree, with 50% of those managing to find employment within the first six months.


Those taking part in the programme throughout 2015 and 2016 were omitted from this section of the survey because these students were either still in university education or were close to completing studies.


Dr Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “These results are truly fantastic and demonstrate the impact our work has on our student and graduate members.


“AFBE-UK Scotland was set up in 2011 with the aim of promoting engineering as a career choice and to support those going through the educational process, ensuring they have the necessary tools to be successful within the industry.


“Our aims have not changed, and today groups like ours are even more necessary to ensure that skilled individuals are not lost to other industries as the north-east goes through difficult times as a result of the low oil and gas price.


“The outcome of our Transition survey proves that our group of committed professionals can provide knowledge and guidance to those young people just starting out in the industry and I’d like to encourage as many young people as possible to get in touch, come along and get involved with AFBE-UK Scotland.”


AFBE-UK Scotland is run by like-minded engineering professionals who give up their spare time to share their working experiences with young people and students across Aberdeen.


The group runs around 20 events annually and has helped more than 500 pupils and students across its three main programmes – NextGen, Transition and Real Projects.


Earlier this year, the group spent time in three primary schools in Aberdeen running its NextGen programme – providing pupils with an introduction to life as an engineer.

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