Apprenticeships 'need better understanding to boost engineering skills'

As the UK seeks to build a sustainable, eco-friendly future, one of the key focuses will be energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact in the built environment.

If these goals are to be achieved, the country will require a consistent supply of engineers with the skills required to design, build and implement the measures required. A shortage of talent in the engineering sector is commonly cited as a big challenge for businesses and the economy as a whole.

According to recent research, one way to address this problem is by improving the understanding of apprenticeships.

The EngineeringUK 2018 report noted that the country needs approximately 124,000 people each year with core engineering skills, as well as an additional 79,000 workers in related roles. Based on the current supply of talent through the education system, there is an annual shortfall of up to 59,000 professionals.

Nearly six out of ten 11 to 14-year-olds (58 per cent) said they knew very little about apprenticeships and the different schemes available, while less than half (46 per cent) of parents were confident in their knowledge of what apprentices do.

Mark Titterington, chief executive of EngineeringUK, said: "Careers in modern engineering are exciting and diverse and literally help to shape the world we live in.

"Engineers play a critical role in sustainably powering our lives, looking after our health and well-being, feeding the world, and helping people to live and move around more efficiently."

He went on to note that, in the current Year of Engineering, it is "incumbent on all of us" to help young people see how apprenticeships can provide a valuable route into working in this vital field.

A healthier pipeline of engineering talent could help to ensure that businesses across the UK are able to access the most innovative and beneficial sustainability measures in the years to come.

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