OCR Engineering and D&T Forum

Published 19th March 2024

The OCR Engineering and D&T Forum recently served as a focal point for exploring the future landscape of Engineering and Design & Technology. Months of meticulous planning culminated in a vibrant exchange of ideas, drawing together stakeholders from Higher Education providers, schools, colleges and industry leaders.

The journey from school to industry

With a keen focus on inspiring the next generation, the forum posed crucial questions such as, "What is the future of engineering?" and "How can we better inspire young people to become engineers?"

The OCR Engineering and D&T Forum is an annual event traditionally hosted at OCR offices in Cambridge, this year saw a refreshing change as Autodesk graciously opened their Birmingham office for the event, providing a stimulating backdrop for discussions, Q&A sessions, and networking.


Participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions led by speakers from OCR, ARM, Autodesk, Student from Solent Uni, University of Durham, Aston University Engineering Academy.

The event was hailed as a success, with attendees expressing gratitude to all participants and Autodesk for hosting. Among the valued guests were industry luminaries, university representatives, and school heads of departments, each poised to contribute their unique insights.


As thoughts unfolded, the outcomes promised to shape the trajectory of engineering and D&T education and practice, informing the development of new qualifications, resources, and exams at OCR.

Our Director of Education Ryan Ball shared his thoughts stating, β€œIt was a fantastic event, not only to discuss and plan with a varied collection of stakeholders, the proposed vision for the subject areas, but to have an opportunity to have that invaluable networking opportunity with like-minded individuals and organisations that generally have a shared collective view and passion for the subject. It feels like there was a lot of synergy and definitely shared passion in the room to help drive our fantastic subject areas forward. Huge thanks to OCR and Autodesk for putting this together.”

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