Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2014

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This week is Tomorrow’s Engineers week (3-7 November). A week that galvanises the industry to showcase the real value and opportunities a career in engineering offers.

It’s no secret that our sector has struggled with an image problem but the tables are turning and this week is a great opportunity to give an accurate and up-to-date picture of the wealth of opportunities on offer.

We’re supporting the launch with some key facts:

  • Manufacturers are crying out for young talent: 66% plan to recruit an engineering graduate in the next three years and 66% plan to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months

  • Opportunity to earn: the average engineering apprentice earns £7.03 per hour just to train, while the average engineering graduate earns a fifth more than other graduates

  • Rules of attraction: 72% of manufacturers say raising awareness of apprenticeships will encourage more young people into manufacturing - 63% say the same of STEM-promoting initiatives between schools and business

  • Careers advice: six in ten (60%) say better-informed careers advice at school will encourage more into manufacturing

  • Skills shortages facing manufacturers: four in five are struggling to recruit - over two-thirds (69%) say this is because candidates lack technical skills, while 48% do not have enough applicants to fill job roles.

We will be tweeting all week so do follow us @eef_apprentices, get involved and support Tomorrow’s Engineers week.

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