Engineers ‘must act’ to address skills gap, says govt adviser


One of the government’s top scientific advisers has called on engineers to ‘step up’ to prevent a new wave of skills shortages, writes The Engineer.

Employers and professional bodies need to act to make sure young people receive the right messages about engineering and that educational opportunities match the needs of industry, according to Prof John Perkins, chief scientific adviser to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), in a new report on engineering skills.

Perkins has put forward 22 recommendations of ways to address short-term skills gaps, improve education at all levels and inspire more young people to become engineers, 15 of which require the ‘full and active engagement of industry, the profession and the education sector’.

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