Commenting on The State of Engineering, published today by Engineering UK, Michael Davis, Chief Executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) said:
Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy, both in its own right and because it underpins countless other sectors. Addressing skills gaps and shortages is essential if we are to have the world-class engineers we need in the future.
To do this, employers must work in partnership within their sectors, with the government, and education providers. We need to make sure that engineering jobs are attractive, offering opportunities to both get into work and make good progress in a career. That means shaking off the ‘greasy rag’ image that engineering sometimes has, and creating more traineeships, apprenticeships and mid-level jobs, as well as making it easier for people who have left the sector to re-enter it.