EngineeringUK has published its annual report analysing the state of the engineering industry in the UK. It provides some positive signs for Apprenticeships but ongoing concern over the need to attract and retain more people in the industry.
The 2017 state of engineering report shows 108,000 people began engineering related Apprenticeships in England in 2016, the highest rate recorded in the last ten years. However, while engineering and technology degrees are up nine per cent, the demand for graduates for engineering roles continues to outstrip supply. The report estimates the shortfall of at least 20,000 annually and emphasises the need to attract and retain international talent.
The report makes several recommendations, including to encourage many more pupils to choose STEM subjects and maintain the option of a career in engineering and technology, as well as to attract employees from other sectors. Other recommendations include to increase diversity and to develop an industrial strategy that reinforces and sustains engineering’s contributions to the UK and recognises and helps to address the STEM skills gap.
In an introduction to the 2017 report, EngineeringUK Chairman Malcolm Brinded and Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “We hope these recommendations will influence the agendas of everyone involved in the relevant aspects of Government, education and employment, and so help to galvanise more action, for the good of the UK economy and for future generations.”
To read the full report and its key findings, click on https://www.engineeringuk.com/research/