Time to tackle skills shortage in engineering
THE skills shortage in the engineering sector might be an old chestnut, but it's an issue that continues to rear its head with worrying regularity.
It's something that comes up time and again whenever I speak to firms involved in the industry.
Whether it's down to a perception of engineering as somehow greasy and grimy or a focus that has tilted too far in favour of the services sector, not enough young people are looking at it as a potential career.
In North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, we're lucky to have a number of employers which employ hundreds of highly-skilled engineers, from big names such as Bentley and JCB to smaller but no less hi-tech firms including Olympus Engineering, Rapiscan and Staffordshire Precision Engineering.
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But if they are to continue to prosper, the skills gap must be addressed.
Some firms are doing that by working with schools and boosting their quota of apprentices, while JCB's academy has a strong focus on engineering.
You can read more about this issue in Sentinel Business on Monday.