Its three overriding messages are:
- that engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy;
- that the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022;
- through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers in particular can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools and colleges to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.
Despite continuing demand for HE engineering courses (against the context of higher education fees), it says that “the pool of those with level 4+ engineering qualifications (66,391), is still well below the annual projected shortage of 107,000.” There’s a full round-up of the numbers to 2013/14 but look out for the EPC Members’ Portal data too which will include 2014/15 data later this month (February).