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‘Great expectations’ for manufacturers and engineers

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

In an attempt to encourage young Brits to get into manufacturing and engineering careers, industry and university leaders are working together in a campaign called ‘Talent 2030’.

The report entitled ‘Great Expectations’, which is part of the ‘Talent 2030’ campaign, claims that a solid manufacturing and engineering base is essential to help the UK’s economic recovery.

“The UK is doing well in terms of the number of engineering graduates it has, better than the US, but we need better career advice for young people, we should not be embarrassed that university is a route into a well paid career and we need to encourage more work experience,” commented Richard Greenhalgh co-chair of the Talent 2030 Taskforce.

Girls’ time

“It is essential to encourage girls to get involved in careers in manufacturing, technology and engineering. We need to work to change the attitudes, perceptions and culture of those in our schools today”, said Aaron Porter, director of the Talent 2030 Campaign.

Indeed, this campaign has the particular aim of reaching girls and encouraging them to study and work within these industry sectors.

According to a survey conducted for this specific campaign, less than a third of undergraduate girls in the penultimate year of their degree, who achieved A grades in GCSE maths, physics and chemistry wanted to have a career in engineering and manufacturing.

However, two out of five girls confessed they could be persuaded to take up such a career, but were now not doing the right degrees.

Core conclusions

Among other findings, the report also stated that universities must balance the development of technical and professional knowledge and argued that structured engagement with business “is not only vital to employability, but may also benefit academic quality.”

It also defends that internships are a fast track to developing the right talent.

Do you think there are more graduate jobs available in these two specialities?

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