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HS2 plans to recruit more women and ethnic minority engineers
The UK needs 124,000 additional engineers every year until 2024, according to the 2018 State of Engineering Report (EngineeringUK). In the Year of Engineering, the UK government is looking at ways to bridge the engineering skills gap and inspire more people to join the profession.
With a shortage of 22,000 engineering graduates a year, the government believes that one way to tackle this skills shortage is to use the HS2 project as an opportunity to get more women and people from ethnic minorities involved in engineering.
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and HS2 Minister, Nusrat Ghani, recently wrote an article for BirminghamLive highlighting the lack of diversity in the engineering workforce:
"There can be no doubt, diversity is one of the crucial issues we must tackle in the Year of Engineering.”
"The engineering workforce has been 91 per cent male and 94 per cent white. In 2017, women were only eight percent of engineering apprenticeships.”
Despite the establishment of the National College for High Speed Rail, which will teach 1,200 students a year, Mr Street and Ms Ghani voiced their concerns over the fact that the UK is "desperately short of engineers".
Through industry and government collaboration, a number of initiatives aimed at enticing more people into engineering have been established and there are loads more to come in the Year of Engineering. One recent example was a special job fair held at the HS2 College in Birmingham which had the aim of encouraging more young women and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to consider careers in engineering and construction.
To find out more about what HS2 will bring to UK business and jobs for Birmingham, read the full article from BirminghamLive here.
View our HS2 jobs here.
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