It's an exciting week for EEF's People and Skills Team as it is.....Tomorrow’s Engineers Week #TEWeek17.
Tomorrow's Engineers Week dedicated to inspiring the UK’s next generation of engineers and encouraging young people into the profession to plug the skills gap in some of Britain’s best and brightest companies. You only have to read our blog from earlier this week to know that engineering is all around us!
It is great to be celebrating the fifth year of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, sending up the flare to young people, parents and teachers about the wonderful world of engineering. There is so much to talk up about a career in our sector – great pay, multiple opportunities and the chance to work in an innovative and dynamic industry. And if you want to know even more then just check out our Abba inspired blog - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a career in engineering!
There are many pathways for young people to choose to pursue their careers in engineering – whether through an “earn while you learn” apprenticeship, into the industry as graduate or straight into employment through a technical route. However you make it in, able and ambitious young people will be rewarded and recognised.
We need to be shouting from the rooftops about the opportunities that lie ahead for young people and this week is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Here's some facts about the wonderful world of engineering to do just that:
Job opportunities: Engineering UK estimates that 265,000 skilled entrants are required annually to meet demand for engineering companies through to 2024 (Engineering UK 2017)
Committed to recruiting young people: 66% of manufacturers committed to recruiting an engineering graduate in 2016 and 66% committed to recruiting an engineering apprentice last year also (EEF 2016)
Awareness raising: 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 (EEF 2014)
Engineering pays: Chemical engineering graduates have the second highest paid starting salary at £28,603. Undertaking an engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship can net you an additional £111,900 in lifetime earnings. (Complete University Guide 2017)
Perception progress: 51% of 11-16 year olds would “consider a career in engineering” up from 40% last year (Engineering UK 2017)
Pride in our sector: Over two-thirds (67%) of UK adults say they would be proud to work in manufacturing (EEF/YouGov 2017)
Like them? We've got even more interesting facts, figures and our views on getting young people into manufacturing and engineering on a whole host of blogs. Here's just a few to check out: