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Centrica warns of graduate engineer 'lost generation'

Published: Tuesday, 17 August 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

The UK's plans to develop green industries could be jeopardised by a lack of interest in graduate science jobs from school and university leavers.

Leading energy firm Centrica polled 2,000 A-level and university students and found that 55 per cent are not considering a career in science, technology or energy.

The company explained that this represents a "huge concern", particularly as about 70 per cent of the country's current nuclear workforce are likely to be retired by 2025.

Chief executive Sam Laidlaw said: "The government plans for 400,000 jobs to be created in UK green industries by 2015.

"Yet, unless we convince young people of the exciting and rewarding careers available in energy today, the UK will lack the skills to take advantage of the green agenda."

Mr Laidlaw added that the education sector, industry and parents all have a responsibility to ensure that the impending skills gap does not restrict the UK's move to a low-carbon future.

The Centrica findings come after Dyson revealed that it has recruited more than 100 new engineers so far this year, with half being placed into graduate jobs.

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