Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’

January 15, 2018

Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’, a Government-led initiative to tackle a major skills gap and inspire the engineers of tomorrow.

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January).

Ministers from across Government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering – and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.

Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in the UK, but a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates every year is damaging growth. There is also widespread misunderstanding of engineering among young people and their parents and a lack of diversity in the sector – the workforce is 91% male and 94% white.

The new campaign is aimed at filling those gaps and changing misconceptions, and will see Government and around one thousand partners – including some from the UK’s huge maritime industry – this year deliver a million inspiring experiences of engineering for young people, parents and teachers.