Training the next generation of designers and engineers

Training the next generation of designers and engineers

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery-1st October 2018, 10am - 3pm

The Design and Technology Association, in conjunction with the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group and the Design Business Association (DBA) will be launching a report at a prestigious event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 1st October 2018. The event will be  setting out a vision for how design thinking can be embedded within our education system, equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to confidently face the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, automation and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. 

We have invited a group of influential leaders from across government, industry and education to this, our 3rd Design and Technology Showcase in this series.

This follows on from last year’s events at the House of Commons in October and round table discussions recently held in the House of Commons. Through keynote speeches and panel discussions, we will explore what we should be doing to inspire more young people to study design and technology as a route into careers in the design industry, engineering and manufacturing.


This launch has been timed to coincide with The Conservative Party Conference which runs at Birmingham ICC complex from 30th September to 3rd October.


Through this event we will showcase the very best of design & technology (we have invited seven Midlands schools to present and discuss their work) and will link this to a series of talks and discussions that will emphasize how important design and technology education is to supporting the implementation of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and its stated intent to create more high-tech engineering and digital opportunities in a society that is increasingly reliant upon technology.


Students and their teachers will demonstrate a range of creative digital and technical skills – from CAD CAM through to robotics, 3D printing and examples of iterative design solutions, set to captivate the audience and reinforce our message that design and technology should be an essential curriculum option for all students.


A big thank you to our kind sponsors who make it possible to run this exciting event: Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), HME-Technology, OCR, Rapid and the IET who are similarly committed to the importance of design and technology and engineering education.

We do hope that you will be able to attend and support this important event,


Spaces are limited so please book your place on this event as soon as you can

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