Posted 20.01.20

Since the beginning of the last decade, there has been a worry within the engineering industry about a lack of recruitment options. According to the Industry of Engineering and Technology, 53% of employers within the sector say the shortage of engineers is a risk to their business.

With the demand for engineers at a possible all-time high, engineering companies across the UK believe that the lack of available talent is a barrier to achieving their business objectives over the next three years. This information was highlighted in the report published by the Industry of Engineering and Technology.

A shortage of skilled engineers, combined with Brexit uncertainty, is leading many to believe that there is an engineering recruitment crisis. But why is this?

What are the problems facing the industry?

The Skills and Demand in Industry report identified the following as having an impact:

  • The lack of young graduates who possess the skills required by the Engineering industry.
  • Only 12% of companies are taking, or have taken action, to improve the diversity of their workforce – for example, the proportion of women in the engineering industry remains at just 11%.
  •  Internal skills gaps within companies have seen a massive difference across the board.
  • Employers are unaware that new T-Level courses require companies to offer work placements to young people.

What can be done to stop the crisis?

81% of employers agree that businesses have a responsibility to support the transition from education/training into the workplace. 

Yet surprisingly, only 23% are actually going to schools or careers events to help young people understand and value a career in the engineering business. Likewise, only 32% of businesses have an engineering or technical apprentices in place. 

At Cordant Engineering, we are working with local education providers to raise awareness among our clients of the T-Level requirements, including work placements that are a requirement for all students.

To tackle the skills gap we are going to need to encourage a much wider and diverse range of young people to consider engineering careers, so we’re exploring how early interventions can tackle stereotypes and broaden horizons.

If you are interested in hearing more about our projects and the kinds of support we can provide, contact Project Coordinator, Helen Addis on 07980 755 729 or email helen.addis@cordantengineering.com

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