Year of Engineering | EEF

EEF supports the Year of Engineering

Let's make it together


The #YoE is a cross-government campaign to inspire the next generation of leaders, creators and innovators for the engineering and manufacturing industry. EEF is proud to be an official partner.

Why it matters

Our industry faces a skills shortage that we can only fix by inspiring young people to work in manufacturing and engineering. Did you know?
•    72% of manufacturers are concerned about finding the skills they need for their business
•    We have a shortfall of 265,000 skilled entrants for engineering enterprises through to 2024
•    67% of manufacturers said a lack of technical skills is behind recruitment difficulties
•    34% of manufacturers cite a lack of skills as a barrier to investment in automation

This video was provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Why it matters to EEF

CEO Stephen Phipson pledges his support:


In this interview, Dame Judith Hackitt tells us what it's really like being an engineer.



The EEF Hackathon in London bought together some of the best and brightest minds inside and outside of manufacturing. We tasked them to use technology to come up with a new approach to get more young people into engineering with BBC Click’s technology show Katie Russell hosting the show.

Watch more of the day's highlights:

Hear why Daniel became an engineering apprentice:


How your company can get involved

pledge   engage-next-generation  STEM-activities


Where to get more resources

YOE-website    tomorrowsengineers   This-is-engineering


Inspiring Future Engineers

Through EEF’s research and surveys of our members, we know that manufacturers face a significant skills gap. To help combat this problem, EEF opened its own apprenticeship training centre in the Midlands. Every year, we work with UK manufacturers to train hundreds of apprentices who will become the next generation of engineering leaders.


Find out more about apprenticeships through the resources on our website:  

Events and dates to know

2018 promises to be a productive year for promoting engineering. Here are a few upcoming events that may interest manufacturers (hover over and click the circles to visit webpages with more information):

DP151015E044s People & skills campaign

Supporting manufacturers to develop a skilled, productive and flexible workforce.

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Apprenticeship landing page spotlight 290x217 Using Apprenticeship Levy funds for up-skilling

Learn how you can use Levy funds to pay for training.

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