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Inspiring the next generation of engineers in London

Stats say that in 2050, we'll have a shortfall of over 35,000 engineers, so the only way we can address that shortfall is by encouraging boys and girls into the engineering industry.

At Bechtel, we see the potential for engineering in everything - even Legos! That's why we team up with FIRST all over the world to inspire future engineers everywhere. In the UK, our colleagues mentor teams of local students as they design and build robots to compete in local, national, and international competitions.

Bechtel sponsors the UK-Ireland FIRST LEGO League national tournament each year, and our volunteers participate in mentoring, organization, and judging for the competition. Meet a few of our volunteers and find out why we're so passionate about robotics and STEM education.

The next generation

London-based Usman Waraich, a control systems engineer at Bechtel, is a believer in the power of FIRST and hands-on STEM education to spark young people's interest in engineering and technology. "I learned that engaging this next generation of engineers at an early age can make a huge impact on their lives," says Usman. "The key to addressing the challenges faced by mankind today...is to equip young people with the tools of engineering, sustainability, and hands-on experience. Giving them insight into these areas at a young age, through programs like FIRST, can make a real difference."

A partnership: Bechtel and FIRST®

FIRST® is a global nonprofit that runs four robotics programs for young people between the ages of 5 to 18. The programs offer real-world engineering experience and inspire students to pursue education and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This year, Bechtel provided funding and volunteers for 50 FIRST teams in Australia, China, Chile, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States. FIRST is one of the company’s five Stewardship Signature Programs.