A new study from jobs website CV- Library has revealed that Britain faces a critical shortage of skilled engineers which will affect the country’s future prosperity.  The survey showed that engineering roles are the most difficult for recruiters to fill, with almost half (49.9%) of recruiters saying that engineering is the hardest sector to fill vacancies in due to a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced engineers. 

This comes just days after entrepreneur Sir James Dyson warned that a lack of engineers is proving to be a major constraint for his company.  The inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner and the Airblade hand dryer said that Britain needed to focus on fixing the lack of supply of engineers if it wishes to expand its technology and support economic growth.

Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of The Skills Company, one of the North West’s largest apprenticeship training providers said:

“We see this reflected at a local level too.  Many people still have an outdated idea of what engineering is like these days.  It can provide an exciting and successful career for both young men and young women, and is often at the cutting edge of new technology. “

“We have over 30 apprentice engineering vacancies available right now with quality employers across Greater Manchester, and we also have places available on full and part time engineering courses that will give young people a great grounding to be able to go on and get a head start in the industry.”

“I really would encourage young people and their parents to give serious consideration to a career in engineering, the opportunities are there, and the sector offers a huge variety of job roles which can provide an interesting and rewarding career.”