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2.5 million job openings in engineering companies up to 2022

Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Engineering companies are looking to recruit more than ever, as new figures from Engineering UK show there will be over 2.5 million job openings between now and 2022.

The EEF – an industry body for engineering and manufacturing employers – is eager to attract more young people into the profession in order to meet a growing demand for skilled staff.

Throughout 2017, the EEF has set out to address a number of problems within the industry, including a gender imbalance and skills gap.

Verity O’Keefe, senior employment and skills policy adviser at EEF, said: “Whether you choose to ‘earn and learn’ as an apprentice or join the industry as a graduate, the fact is that your choice will be respected and your ability and ambition rewarded.”

Engineering graduates can now expect to earn over £5,000 a year more than other UK graduates, whilst an engineer can expect to earn £32,699, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Be inspired to get involved

It is hoped that through the EEF’s drive to raise awareness amongst teachers, parents and employers about the benefits of a career in the industry, more young people will be inspired and get involved.

The same statistics from Engineering UK show that 66% of manufacturers plan to recruit an engineering graduate in the next three years and a similar number plan to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months.

They also show that two thirds of engineering and technology graduates were in full-time employment within six months of graduating, compared with 58% of all graduates.

“A career in manufacturing and engineering ticks all the boxes, offering jobs, good pay and the chance of an interesting and dynamic long-term career,” continued Ms O’Keefe.

Companies are already actively encouraging more female apprentices and graduates to join and employers are keen to encourage and support women throughout their careers.

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