National drive for 100,000 new technicians
Prime Minister David Cameron has launched a scheme to increase the number of registered engineering technicians in the UK eightfold by 2018, writes The Engineer.
The joint initiative by three of the major engineering institutions aims to register 100,000 extra people with the protected title “engineering technician” (EngTech) in the next five years, in the hope of increasing skill levels and raising the profession’s status in order to attract more recruits to help meet anticipated demand.
The scheme will involve marketing the benefits of registration based on new research and will particularly target apprentices. Registering every new engineering technician expected to complete their apprenticeship in the next five years would meet the 100,000 target.