This is Engineering

This week has seen This is Engineering Day (6 November) – a day dedicated to publicly celebrating the engineers shaping the world around us and challenge the narrow stereotype of the engineer.

As a company that depends on engineering and the ingenuity of engineers, we will be supporting the This is Engineering campaign over the coming months, which has been created by the Royal Academy of Engineering to address the significant skills and diversity shortfall hampering the profession. Every year, the UK is short of 59,000 engineers, while only 12% of the professional engineers in the UK are female, and 9% are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

One of the major barriers to young people aspiring to be engineers is deeply rooted cultural perceptions of engineering as narrow, mechanical, too technical, and dull: a perception that’s being reinforced online. Enter the word ‘engineer’ into an online search engine and the resulting images offer a very narrow view, one that supports stereotypical ideas that engineering only happens in hard hats, on construction sites.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

The NCC recognises that diversity is crucial in developing the engineering capability for the future, and in delivery to a global customer base. We’re really pleased to have around 30 female engineers in a variety of roles at the NCC and we are committed to identifying all areas of under-representation so that we can take actions to address where there may be gaps.


Lucy Eggleston is one of our Research Engineers who works in our Sustainability team, currently leading the ReDisCoveR project. Take a look at our film with Lucy explaining her role and how she got into a career in engineering. 


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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.