Year of Engineering

The Government has declared 2018 the Year of Engineering to acknowledge the vital role this sector plays in the UK’s economy and innovation as well as to inspire young people to enter this important field. EEF fully supports this initiative as we have found that one of the major challenges facing UK manufacturing is a skills shortage.


EEF supports manufacturers and future engineers in a variety of ways, and have compiled a variety of resources, guidance, and case studies that support the goals of the Year of Engineering.

Here is EEF's CEO Stephen Phipson sharing why the Year of Engineering is a campaign EEF enthusiastically supports.


Policy and campaigning

EEF campaigns to government on behalf of manufacturers. Find out about our work promoting the People and Skills needed for manufacturing to thrive in 2018.



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.

Here is one of our current apprentices on why young people should consider apprenticeships in engineering:

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

EEF's Director of Apprentices and Technology Training Stephen Mitchell explains why #inspireanengineer is so important:


Regional support

EEF has regional membership teams who support companies in their region through events and guidance. To get in touch with your region's representative, see our Membership Team page.

A message from Jim Davison, Regional Director for the South of England, on what the Year of Engineering means in this region:

A message from Charlotte Horobin, Regional Director for the Midlands, on what the Year of Engineering means for this region:

A message from Richard Halstead, Membership Engagement Director for the North, on what the Year of Engineering means for this region:

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):

Conference-spotlight EEF National Manufacturing Conference

Join over 800 of the UK’s most influential leaders to discuss the hottest topics in industry on 20 February 2018.

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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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