We were pleased to read recently the findings of a piece of research which stated that the majority of the public in the UK would support young engineers going in to the profession – potentially, even more so than would support young people going in to banking, accountancy and medicine.
Indeed, the recently published survey of the UK public, which was sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, suggests that the majority of people would encourage young people to try and get in to the engineering profession as an occupation.
1,000 people were questioned as part of the research and more than four fifths, 86 per cent, said that they would encourage young people to work in the engineering sector, as opposed to those who said the same for being a doctor (80%), accountant (56%) or a banker (36%).
According to Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, urgent action is necessary to overcome a shortfall of 30,000 qualified engineers going through the education system each year.
These survey findings come after a different study, released by Engineering UK, outlined the fact that females are deterred from taking up studies in engineering because of the male-orientated representation of engineers in marketing material for career opportunities.
Obviously, we believe that the first element of this article is great news for engineering – it’s excellent for so many people to be supportive of the industry from within the general public. However, the second set of findings, from Engineering UK, show there is still a long way to go in terms of altering the perceptions of individuals looking to enter the profession.