19 Mar Engineering UK Report 2018

The UK education pipeline is not meeting the demand for people with engineering skills, claims a report on the state of engineering in the UK.

Using updated analysis by Warwick Institute for Employment Research, an annual demand for 124,000 engineers and technicians with core engineering skills has been identified across the economy, alongside a requirement for 79,000 ‘related’ roles requiring a mixed application of engineering knowledge and other skills. Setting this demand against the current supply of talent coming through the education pipeline, an annual shortfall of between 37,000 and 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians is anticipated.

The plight is recognised in ‘Engineering UK 2018: The State of Engineering’, as published on 2nd March.
The report calls for the engineering community to work alongside the government and education sector to address the skills shortage. Work is also needed to increase the diversity and supply of skills within the current workforce.  The cast metals sector has been working to address this problem for some time, culminating in the investment in the new National Foundry Training Centre in Tipton, West Midlands. The centre is part of the Elite Centre of Manufacturing Skills initiative. CMF is an active partner in the project along with the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME), University of Wolverhampton and Dudley College.  Opening this year, the centre offers a range of pathways for apprentices to train in all aspects of casting and patternmaking. There will also be a range of courses to upskill existing employees to ensure transfer of knowledge and personal development.

CMF CEO Pam Murrell is encouraged by the support received for the new centre and urges more member companies to get involved. “Engineering UK 2018: The State of Engineering is calling for industry and the education sector to work together to solve the problem of lack of engineering skills and that is exactly what we in the cast metals sector have been doing over the past 18 months to get to this stage. The success of the National Foundry Training Centre will depend on the support of our industry but we cannot say that we haven’t responded to member and wider industry demands. We all know we need to encourage more people to stay in our sector and to facilitate a way of transferring the enormous range of skills that exist in foundries and supply companies throughout the UK. This Centre offers an opportunity to do just that.”

For more information on the National Foundry Training Centre contact Andrew Turner, andrewturner01@btinternet.com Tel: 07802 420917.

A copy of the Engineering UK 2018: The State of Engineering’ report can be downloaded at www.engineeringuk.com/research

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Angela Mason
Angela Mason