BAE Systems may be hampered in its drive to recruit new engineers by a lack of candidates with the right skills, the company warned this week.
Despite the possibility of immediate job losses, BAE Systems is looking for hundreds of software and systems engineers over the next five years.
Speaking to the Royal Aeronautical Society conference this week, chief executive John Weston said: `Industry must take responsibility for the decline in numbers of skilled engineers and work more closely with schools and universities.’
BAE Systems’ fears were confirmed by an Engineering and Marine Training Authority survey released this week, which highlighted a continuing skills gap in manufacturing. Automotive and aerospace companies have been particularly hard hit, the survey revealed.
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