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Firms desperate for talented UK engineering graduates
Friday, 21 May 2010
Science, Engineering and IT
Engineering companies are eager to employ talented graduates as they are concerned about the future of the sector in the UK, according to one recruitment agency.
Rob Scott, managing director of Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, expressed his fears the country can no longer be viewed as a world leader in a number of different industries.
He explained that engineering firms are battling against this trend and are increasingly looking to recruit from outside the EU as suitable candidates are in short supply in the UK.
"The big problem that we're going to have ten or 15 years down the line is that engineering is quite an ageing industry," he said.
"All the youngsters, rather than doing engineering qualifications, are doing more IT and inventing video games. We're going to have a real shortage of engineering, as a nation."
Mr Scott urged parents of potential university students to encourage them to undertake a science and engineering degree to preserve the UK's place at the forefront of the industry.
Meanwhile, Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, claimed earlier this week that science, technology, engineering and maths graduates will always be in high demand.