100,000 Engineering Technicians by 2018
A new initiative which will help create 100,000 registered Engineering Technicians by 2018 has been announced by the Prime Minister. Working through new and established apprentice schemes, the initiative aims to create more engineers by giving them structured on-the-job experience built upon a recognised academic qualification. On completing their apprenticeships, they will attain the globally recognised professional registration designation of Engineering Technician (EngTech). The initiative has been created by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Gatsby Foundation in response to an emerging skills gap. The announcement was made alongside the full size replica of the British Bloodhound Super Sonic Car on its first visit to Downing Street.
Director of Policy at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Dr Tony Whitehead, said, ‘Increasing the pool of home grown technical skills in the UK is good for our economy and good for individuals. The pace of technological development in the modern workplace is creating an urgent and growing demand for higher levels of technical skill and professionalism. This initiative will help to meet the need to up-skill and increase the pool of home grown talent. More Engineering Technicians in the workforce will help us to maintain a competitive edge and boost growth in the UK economy through innovation and creativity.’
Pic: Wing Commander, Andy Green shows Prime Minister David Cameron the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.