This is an opportunity for any discriminated-against community, and the good news is that STEM jobs are projected to grow at skyrocketing rates in the coming years. According to research, the UK will need almost 1.3 million STEM professionals by 2020, but universities and colleges are only graduating around 71,000 STEM students each year.
Engineering is so much more than this outdated stereotype. Engineering is about designing and delivering systems that facilitate education and healthcare, enhance quality of life, and help to eliminate global poverty. Engineers have been in the driving seat of social change for centuries - from bringing electricity to billions to helping to eradicate life-threatening disease.
The first year I applied for an IT apprenticeship with Accenture I didn't get it. Naturally I was upset but I just thought I'm not going to give up, I'm going to go for it again, and it paid off! Now here I am in my second year of the apprenticeship, set to graduate with a foundation degree next summer...
Unsurprisingly, we must look to Silicon Valley for the new, cutting-edge innovation. Or more precisely, to the hills overlooking the bay, which are home to San Quentin, California's oldest prison. To put San Quentin in a UK justice context, it would be a category A prison - it's home to 699 death row inmates.