Engineering industry plays a significant role in developing the skills of the future workplace by means of apprenticeships and graduate training programmes.
There are 2.3 million skilled people in the engineering-related skills base – 8% of the workforce. There is a high demand for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates and, for certain disciplines, there is evidence that demand outstrips supply. With 39% of UK engineering employers planning to expand and recruit, there is a need to ensure an adequate skills pipeline. This makes it critical to address the enduring poor representation of women in the professional engineering workforce, which is the lowest in Europe.