Belfast Telegraph

Engineering bosses voice skills fear over future workforce

Two out of three engineering employers do not believe graduates have the right skills for the world of work, a new study shows.

A survey of 400 firms by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found that most wanted more work experience places offered to help tempt more youngsters to consider careers in the sector.

Naomi Climer, IET President, said: "Demand for engineers is high but the report reveals deeper concern than ever around the skills and experience of our future workforce.

"As we are facing an engineering shortfall in the next decade, and some uncertainty around skills following Brexit, it is more important than ever that we develop the next generation of 'home grown' engineering and technology talent.

"One of the biggest challenges appears to be recruiting candidates with the right practical skills, which is why the IET is launching a new campaign to highlight the benefits of employers offering quality work experience to engineering students."