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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week: Inspiring the next generation of Engineers

Ellena Tangi

November 6, 2017

Tomorrow’s Engineers week has started! From the 6th – 10th November Engineering UK aims to squash misconceptions young people, teachers and parents may have of the engineering industry, and create the next generation of engineers by helping young people from all backgrounds understand the variety and opportunities presented by a career in engineering. Their aim is simple – they want everyone between 11 and 14 to have at least one experience with an employer within the engineering industry and for an equal number of males and females to aspire to become engineers.

At present there is an annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers in the UK, and not enough new recruits to take the positions. To meet demands, the industry would need to double the amount of engineering apprentices and graduates who are interested in starting a career. The industry itself contributes £456bn (27%) of UK GDP and with 1.82 million engineers needed from 2012 – 2022, there’s never been a better time to get into the industry!

A job in engineering can offer many opportunities, and an apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your career. As an apprentice, you’ll be building relationships, making connections, getting hands-on experience, learning the skills and gaining the qualifications you want all while earning.

Currently, the UK has the lowest percentage of female’s engineering professionals in Europe. With diversity and inclusiveness driving innovation, it’s important that women are aware of the opportunities that construction and engineering can offer and understand that it’s not exclusive to men.

As a recruitment company specialising in Construction, Engineering, Rail & Highways, CarmichaelUK is proud to support women to achieve their full career potential and to work with organisations in our sector to promote gender diversity and equality. If you’re female and you are looking for a job in construction or engineering, get in contact with our D&I Champion for Women in Construction, Helen Egner.

An apprenticeship with one of our clients will give you solid foundations for a rewarding career in construction, but you have to give it your all. Read our top 5 tips for apprentices in construction and click here to find out more about our apprenticeship programme