Think small

Your survey ‘Frontline views’ regarding the state of engineering skills highlighted concerns about the preparedness (or otherwise) of graduates for a career in the sector.


Your survey ‘Frontline views’ (Feature, 13 October) regarding the state of engineering skills highlighted concerns about the preparedness (or otherwise) of graduates for a career in the sector.

I agree with the commentator who pointed out that the real problems are faced by smaller businesses. The big companies with attractive graduate schemes and the ability to do the ‘milk round’ of universities will always get the brightest and the best.

It is the supply of able graduates willing to work in the SMEs that are the lifeblood of our engineering economy, and lack the ‘wow factor’ of somewhere like Airbus or Ford, that needs to be addressed.

A Bird

Worcester