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As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week*, and as a long-time campaigner on engineering skills, Sir Peter Luff MP for Mid Worcestershire is urging employers in the constituency to work with local schools and colleges to help fix the engineering skills shortage.
The IET’s 2014 Engineering and Technology Skills and Demand in Industry survey found that 53 per cent of employers believe they should get more involved with schools, colleges and universities to help change the perception of engineering among young people.

At the launch of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) 2014 skills survey last month, Sir Peter Luff MP pledged to continue to encourage employers in Mid Worcestershire to work closely with schools.

Sir Peter Luff MP said,

“Getting more children interested in science and engineering careers is something I have been campaigning for for a long time in Parliament and so I am pleased to support Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

“A particularly good way to help young people realise the exciting careers available in engineering is to get to schools and employers working together more - to give young people work experience opportunities and inspirational information about the options open to them.

“There are a number of great engineering businesses in Mid Worcestershire and it is vital that we all work together to encourage more young people to pursue careers in engineering”.

The IET pledge also calls for MPs to encourage girls and boys to consider STEM careers, promote the value of vocational STEM subjects and promote STEM careers with parents.

IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, explains,

“Demand for engineers in the UK remains high. We need 87,000 new engineers each year for the next decade, so there is a critical need to do more to promote engineering as an appealing career choice to young people.

“It is encouraging to see from our survey that over half of engineering employers recognise that they have a crucial role to play here - as well as in helping to shape the curriculum so that young people enter the world of work with the skills that employers want.

“MPs are ideally placed to help us capitalise on this opportunity by helping to get more employers involved with the education system at a local level so that we produce a talent pipeline that can sustain a thriving UK economy.”


*Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 3-7 November 2014 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people (focusing on 11-14s), their parents and teachers.

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