28 Jan '15, 11am

The UK faces a 'wake up call' when it comes to engineering skills… #engineering #ukmfg

The UK faces a 'wake up call' when it comes to engineering skills… #engineering #ukmfg

It provides sobering statistics on how bad the shortage is. According to the report, we need to be recruiting 182,000 people with engineering skills every year in the decade to 2022, but there is a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers. Responding, IMechE chief executive Stephen Tetlow said that it showed the UK was facing a 'cliff-edge'. "If ever there was a wake-up call – this is it," he warned. The report urges that science and engineering be brought to life in the school curriculum and resources prioritised so that we can start to plug these gaps. Perhaps those gaps could be filled by encouraging more women to join the industry?In 2013, only 14% of engineering graduates were women and only 4% of professionally registered engineers are female – the lowest proportion in Europe. Now in its second year, the IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is investing £...

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