350,000+ Engineers Needed in the UK by 2016

By: | September 21st, 2013

The demand for young engineering graduates in the UK is exceeding supply, according to a new report released by the Royal Academy of Engineering on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) with the British government placing a greater emphasis on engineering career paths. The report claims the UK will need to recruit an extra 354,000 extra engineering employees to replace those retiring by the year 2016. The areas of need include sound, safety, transport, aeronautical, energy and marine engineering.

“Some people have the impression that engineering is mathematically challenging, but truth is that engineering concerns the science used within design, engine building, machines and structures,” says a statement from Clyde Marine Training, based in Glasgow, offering marine training, safety courses and merchant navy officer training.

The report goes on to insist that engineering jobs are a pivotal area in the UK’s economy and its future. Clyde Marine Training claims that its organization and others like it will be needed to promote marine engineering and all other areas of engineering, broadly speaking.

Just this year, the UK has seen new funding come in on many large scale projects, including Siemens’ billion pound rail contract and the British government’s £85 million energy efficiency scheme.

Jonathan Keane

Irish journalist writing on business, tech and engineering.


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