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.

Case study

Case study

Jaguar Land Rover, now owned by the Tata Group, is investing significantly in manufacturing and research facilities in the UK with the aim of building a sustainable and profitable business. In the 2012-13 financial year, its investment in its products and facilities will total in the region of £2 billion.

The new fourth-generation Range Rover directly supports more than 1,000 UK engineering jobs and will be sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. The vehicle incorporates technology advances such as the first all-aluminium construction for a vehicle of its type, and its engineering has been entirely developed in the group’s R&D facilities.

Jaguar Land Rover is taking advantage of the long tradition of automotive skills in the West Midlands as well as developing its own new programmes to build the skills it needs to compete on quality and reliability in global markets.

The group has already transformed its Halewood plant on Merseyside and has repeatedly signalled its commitment to the UK engineering base. It also supports the UK’s largest team developing low carbon vehicles. The automotive sector is sometimes thought of as a ‘mature’ business, yet Jaguar Land Rover has shown there is massive growth potential still in the industry.