Education of young people is vital to fill the gap of ‘quality engineers'
A 20-year decline in the engineering and manufacturing industry has left the nation with a shortage of “quality engineers”, says Tom Westley, a board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.
Speaking at the Advanced Engineering 2013 group of events in Birmingham, Westley said, “manufacturing is becoming more relevant to young people now, they can begin to see the opportunities as businesses begin to expand”.
A decline in engineers over the past 20 years has led to a national shortage, and he says, “it's absolutely vital that we’ve got the quality of engineers we need, to be able to have the right brain power to develop companies”.
Westley believes that an emphasis on the education of young people in the subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths, will help to produce quality engineers.
The UK engineering and manufacturing industry has been steadily growing, and “the government and others have woken up to the fact that [quality education] is a great way to make hard cash and to make the UK viable again”, said Westley.
In comparison to European countries such as Germany, our balance of trade is still in the negative, and so for the manufacturing industry to grow, Westley proposes working alongside banks and insurers to “push the UK back into a profitable enterprise”.