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Supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers
Tomorrow’s Engineers week runs from Monday 7 November - Friday 11 November 2016 and Matchtech is once again proud to be supporting the initiative which aims to inspire the next generation of engineers. The initiative is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering who both have a stake in establishing a future pipeline of engineers.
Throughout the week, activities will take place across the UK to celebrate engineering and educate schoolchildren about what a career in this profession can offer. Each of the activities and events that make up Tomorrow’s Engineers Week come under the theme of 'Mission Inspiration' and aim to show schoolchildren the influence engineering has in their everyday lives. The enterprise also teaches young people which skills are needed to become an engineer and what type of vocational and academic routes they can take into the profession.
According to the Royal Academy of Engineering, hundreds of thousands of skilled technician and engineering roles will need to be replaced in the next ten years as a result of people reaching retirement. One major solution to the skills gap created by this ageing workforce is to encourage more young people into the profession. Within the industry, skills shortages are viewed as a key issue with 93% of engineers agreeing that skills are lacking in the industry – this was a finding in The Engineer’s 2016 Salary Survey. Motivational campaigns such as Tomorrow’s Engineers are therefore vital to the future success of the industry.
Alongside universities and schools, organisations such as Thorpe Park, EDF Energy and the Science Museum have previously hosted events, exhibitions and activities dedicated to encouraging children to get involved with engineering , and this year’s Tomorrow Engineer’s Week looks set to receive just as much support. Matchtech is helping to support the campaign by spreading the word through our social media channels and sparking conversations about the experiences of engineers across the industry.
This type of initiative is just one solution to reducing the skills gap but we’d like to hear how you think skills shortages in engineering can be addressed. Share your thoughts by completing our Voice of the Workforce survey. Please note the survey closes on 14 November 2016.