There are more than a quarter of a million skilled engineers which are needed each year to meet the demand from engineering and manufacturing companies, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation can reveal. The 6th November marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week - a week dedicated to inspiring the UK’s next generation of engineers and encouraging young people into the profession to plug the skills gap in some of Britain’s biggest companies.
Here are some key facts to explain why as an industry we must encourage more young people into a career in engineering:
Verity O’Keefe, Head of Education and Skills Policy at EEF said: “It is great to be celebrating the fifth year of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, sending up the flare to young people, parents and teachers about the wonderful world of engineering. There is so much to talk up about a career in our sector – great pay, multiple opportunities and the chance to work in an innovative and dynamic industry.
"There are many pathways for young people to choose to pursue their careers in engineering – whether through an ‘earn while you learn’ apprenticeship, into the industry as graduate or straight into employment through a technical route. However you make it in, able and ambitious young people will be rewarded and recognised.
"We need to be shouting from the rooftops about the opportunities that lie ahead for young people and this week is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”