Britain is getting just half the new qualified engineers it needs each year, according to estimates from the Year of Engineering Success campaign.
The Yes campaign estimates that 30,000 new qualified engineers and many more technicians are needed each year just to replace those retiring or leaving the profession.
`If this gap between supply and demand continues to widen, our present stock of engineers will dwindle -with major implications for the economy,’ said Dr Mary Harris, director general of Yes. The Yes campaign, which was formally inaugurated yesterday, says that the shortage of skilled engineers threatens to undermine Britain’s international competitiveness.
In the automotive and aerospace sectors in particular, skills shortages are being exacerbated by poaching from overseas.