Future of Manufacturing: More opportunities unlock talent

Dec 9, 2022

EngineeringUK is proud to be supporting the Future of Manufacturing campaign which launches in the Guardian and online in Business and Industry today. As part of this campaign, EngineeringUK’s Chief Executive, Dr Hilary Leevers, has contributed a piece about how raising awareness of opportunities is key to unlocking talent.

The aim of this campaign is to reflect on the continued importance of the manufacturing sector to the UK economy, examining key challenges in the industry such as sustainability, supply chain resilience and skills shortages. The campaign will stress the importance for technology, innovation and investment in the sector, highlighting best case practices.

In Hilary’s piece, she champions vocational routes into engineering and considers what needs to be done to ensure engineering employers and young people are aware of the T Level route. To inspire the engineers of today and tomorrow, and create a more diverse industry, Hilary also examines how we must do more to reach young people from groups underrepresented in engineering, so they can see themselves in an engineering career.

"We work with hundreds of employers across the country who seek to encourage young people from all backgrounds to consider working in engineering. And those employers are committing to collaborating to deliver high-quality schools engagement. If we can extend this effort to supporting T levels, we have a chance of securing the breadth and depth of talent that UK manufacturing needs to thrive.”

Read the full opinion piece on the Business and Industry website.

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