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Young people demand a career that will help others according to new research commissioned to launch Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

The findings show 90% of 9-18 year olds want a career that tackles social issues with almost half wanting to help animals (47%), two-fifths want to save peoples lives (37%) and a third want to help tackle homelessness (29%).

While two-thirds (65%) of Generation Z claim money is the most important thing to look for in a career, 43% want to be part of something to be proud of and 37% want a career that offers excitement.

Dr. Thilo Pfau, Senior Lecturer in Bio-Engineering at The Royal Veterinary College, commented: "I believe it is important to think of engineering as an exciting area that extends into every area of life.

“For me personally, it has given me a career which allows me to combine my interest in computers, patterns and algorithms with my passion for animals. I use engineering to help veterinarians diagnose and treat problems that restrict the quality of life of many animals.”

Among the 9-18 year olds questioned by researchers, only a few (10%) were actively considering a career in engineering but two-thirds (67%) would consider a career in engineering if it allowed them to help the world, the environment or save peoples’ lives.

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The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England.

It offers free, impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships or expand their programme.

This guide gives an insight in to:

  • The business benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships
  • What an apprenticeship or traineeships involves for both the business and the apprentice - including the employer's responsibilities
  • The funding available to an employer towards the training costs
  • How to recruit an apprentice or trainee

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