Advancing apprenticeship awareness

Feb 10, 2022

EngineeringUK Chief Executive, Dr Hilary Leevers writes in this month’s The Engineer about the importance of engineering apprenticeships as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

“If I asked how you can become an engineer, what would you say? For many, including young people and their teachers and parents, going to university would be their first thought. Other options, such as doing an apprenticeship, are often forgotten making it essential that we promote and support this pathway.

“As National Apprenticeship Week takes place this month, 7 to 13 February, it is important to celebrate apprenticeships and see how we can increase the number and diversity of engineering apprentices. This week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The theme for this year is ‘build the future’ which aligns with our mission at EngineeringUK of inspiring tomorrow’s engineers and securing the future engineering workforce.

“So, why are apprenticeships so important in the engineering sector? There is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to engineering. Everyone learns differently, everyone has different skills, and everyone has a different ambition. This means one career pathway will not be right for every young person, and that is why apprenticeships should be offered and promoted to all. Apprentice engineers can keep skills alive for industry, especially in areas with a predominantly aging workforce.”


Read the full opinion piece on The Engineer website.

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