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Future Engineering Talent

One of the biggest threats to the UK’s competitiveness is the shortage of skilled and engaged engineers; according to SEMTA, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, Britain will need to train 96,000 new engineers and scientists over the next four years - just to replace those who retire. And by 2050, recruitment specialist Randstad CPE predicts that there will be a shortfall of 36,800 qualified engineers.

To address this, the Financial Times and BAE systems ran a breakfast briefing on Thursday. The Seminar featured a panel of industry experts and academics addressing the skills gaps within the UK Engineering sector.

Whilst those present acknowledged the difficulties faced of the perception of engineering by students, teachers and parents, it was also recognised that very little information was given on Engineering in the form of careers advice. A lively discussion took place around how to raise the profile or status of engineering and what we can do as an industry to encourage new people into the field.

It was also noted we should be encouraging a greater number of advanced/level 3 apprenticeships to provide good engineers.

For further information about this event, or any of the topics covered, please contact James Fudge, Education & Training Co-ordinator via jfudge@mta.org.uk or on 0207 298 6400.