Posted: 26 June 2013
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Engineers in demand
Engineers in demand

Britain faces a looming crisis in engineering skills according to new report.

Graduates working together on a project at National Grid's offices in Warwick.

" High-value, highly-skilled Level 3 engineering apprenticeships are not being taken by enough young people."

Steve Holliday, National Grid Chief Executive

A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) warns of a looming crisis in British industry.

There aren’t enough graduate engineers to meet demand, it says, and it’s not clear where they’ll come from either.

“UK engineering Higher Education is a complex structure of 182 independent institutions that offer a wide variety of engineering programmes and this landscape is poorly understood,” the report concludes.

Steve Holliday, National Grid’s chief executive, recently outlined his thoughts on how UK business can help students understand the exciting opportunities offered by science and engineering careers.

The RAE report comes on the same day the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is awarded. Supported by National Grid, this high-profile prize hopes to attract more young students to the industry.

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