Training the next generation of designers and engineers - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1 October 2018

Published 29th August 2018

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 individuals 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 the 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 as soon as you can

1st October Agenda (subject to change and possible alteration)

10.00am                                Event opens, tea and coffee available from 9.45 am

10.30am                                Welcome address

10.45am - 11.30am            1st keynote speech

11.30am - 11.35am            Panel changeover

11.35am - 12.20pm             Panel discussion - What can D&T offer to continued growth across the Design sectors?


  • Deborah Dawton (Dba)
  • Jack Tindale (Policy Connect).
  • Andy Mitchell, Freelance Educational Consultant of Design and Technology
  • Mark Fenson, Director of Michon Creative
  • Further more panelists TBC

12.20pm - 1.20pm           Buffet lunch

1.20pm - 2.00pm                Main Keynote Speech

2.00pm - 2.05pm                Panel changeover

2.10pm - 3.00 pm Panel discussion - The role of D&T in enabling manufacturing/industrial growth post-Brexit


  • Andrew Churchill (MD of JJ Churchill Ltd),
  • Stuart Harper Global Learning and Development, JCB
  • Dr Julie Nugent (Director of Productivity and Skills, West Midlands Combined Authority)
  • Andrew Barker, James Dyson Foundation
  • Celia Thornley, Skills and Training Consultant, UKFT
  • Kate Tague - Executive Principle, WMG Academy for Young Engineers

3.00pm - 3.15pm                Closing address

All speakers will be confirmed and notified over the coming weeks

 “We believe that the understanding of design, technology and engineering is paramount to drive future professionals, who are capable of revolutionising the way we live through technological advancements in a variety of fields”Matt Evans, Head of Marketing, Technology supplies

“The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. Autodesk genuinely believe in education, that’s why we make our software freely available to students, teachers and academic institutions throughout the UK. We believe in a design and technology curriculum rich with digital design to help prepare the next generation for the future of making”. - Steve Parkinson, UK Education Manager, Autodesk

For more information regarding our activities with government organisations, parliamentarians and regulatory bodies then please contact us on 01789 470007 or email us on

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