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November 29, 2018 / 0 Comments
The engineering sector contributes to over a quarter of the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP). It is small wonder that experts describe the industry as ‘the core of our society’. But statistics show that the UK is unable to recruit enough tech talent.
EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit body that promotes the profession and inspires the next generation of engineers, reports that the industry is short of 59,000 skilled employees a year.
Widening the engineering recruitment net is one way to address the looming tech skills shortage. And securing a career at Future will allow you to help the industry attract young, aspiring engineers and turn them into lifelong industry professionals.
Recruiting skilled engineers and technicians holds the key to addressing the talent gap and disrupting the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
The latest State of Engineering report from EngineeringUK, however, states that there is an annual demand for at least 124,000 technicians with core engineering skills. And this excludes the extra 79,000 workers that require engineering knowledge and other skills.
Almost half of the engineering companies included in the survey share that the skills shortage is severely hampering their productivity and growth. Some experts claim that the skills shortage is the result of outdated views on the profession. And it is up to the UK educational system to create a positive and vibrant image of what engineering is all about.
Getting more people to join the digital technology and advanced manufacturing industry boils down to shattering engineering stereotypes. A Google image search for ‘engineer’, for instance, produces page after page of men in hard hats. But in reality, the profession is a lot more diverse than that.
The challenge is to debunk these misconceptions and ensure that students, parent and teachers get the right message. Schools are a good place to start, but the current structure of curriculums fail to spark interest in pursuing a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career.
University courses, for instance, tend to focus on maths and physics instead of honing a pupil’s creativity and problem-solving skills. By emphasising the latter, schools can demonstrate that engineering is behind the things teens are already interested in — like sports, fashion and tech — and entice them to pursue their interests by entering the field.
Heightening awareness for STEM is just one part of the equation, though. Recruiters need to have targeted recruitment strategies in place to get the right talent on board — and that is where your valuable contribution comes in.
At Future, we attract top talent through the following ways:
1. Personalised candidate journeys. We don’t just focus on skills and experience. Our team considers work ethic, values and potential.
2. Stringent selection process. Our mission is to scout for young talent and guide prospects to engineering success. Only the motivated and goal-focused candidates make it through.
3. First-class service. We find talent that is right for the business. We go out of our way to learn about the company and its goals to find long-term employees for the workforce.
When you become part of our growing team, you’ll have an opportunity to progress every three months. In addition to career development, we offer incentives, training and earnings potential. Finally, you will experience the fulfilment of getting the most talented young professionals on board the engineering sector.
Contact us today for more information on job opportunities.