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RS Components releases impact report highlighting success of STEM education strategy

Celebrating tangible results in inspiring future engineers

London, UK, 27 February 2019:

RS Components (RS) the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has released a report highlighting the impact of its STEM education strategy, which was launched in December 2017 to raise awareness and demonstrate the company’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of engineers.

The STEM Education Impact Report 2018 covers the numerous activities RS has initiated and engaged with, resulting in tangible, measurable successes, including:

• 35,000 under 18s boarded the RS Titan II truck in 2018, engaging with the many technologies showcased on the truck including 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and Raspberry Pi. This figure was achieved through Titan II’s presence at events including the national Big Bang and an event at King’s Cross in collaboration with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign
• 47,000 young people engaged with RS and its educational partners throughout 2018, both through events involving Titan II, and other partner projects including the Rube Goldberg machine build with Kids Invent Stuff, a #GirlsWithDrills interactive workshop and RS’ support of Ambionics – a business creating customisable limbs for toddlers and young children
• A 175 per cent increase in RS STEM ambassador sign-ups – from 40 at the start of last year to 110+ by Dec 2018
• Two industry awards for education and STEM activity in the UK: an Educational Support Award at the 2018 Elektra Awards, and an Academic Support Award at the 2018 Electronics Industry Awards.
James Howarth, RS Head of Education Strategy EMEA, commented: “We are in the midst of a global skills crisis: according to a recent report published by Dell Technologies, 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Furthermore, it has been estimated by EngineeringUK that by the year 2024, the UK will need 186,000 skilled engineers annually to keep up.

“This is why RS Components is committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers through a programme of dedicated activities, particularly females who have previously been deterred by out-of-date perceptions of a career in engineering. Education professionals must be assisted with support, resources and skills to help them deliver meaningful STEM activities which can link STEM subjects with the wide variety of roles that will be available in the future”, he added.

RS reports that there has been a momentum shift with an increased focus on STEM, and there are improving perceptions surrounding engineering, including the fact that 51 per cent of 11-16 year-olds would now consider a career in engineering, 96 per cent of teachers would recommend it as a career option to their pupils, and the 2015/2016 academic year saw a five per cent growth in engineering student applications at Higher Education level.

Click here to read the full report.


About RS Components

RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, IESA and Monition are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronics products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2018 had revenues of £1.71bn.

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