Here at Aspectus PR, we pride ourselves on our sector-specific experience. Engineering for example, has grown to be one of our core specialist areas.
The UK engineering industry has come under intense scrutiny in recent months following EngineeringUK’s annual report on the state of the sector. With an ageing workforce and a lack of suitably-skilled school and university leavers, fears have been raised concerning the impact on British industry of the diminishing talent pool, with the industry body warning that the manufacturing sector will need to recruit over half a million workers by 2017.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. At present, 55 per cent of all UK exports are derived from engineering and manufacturing and the nation has great potential to rebalance its economy by drawing on its strong manufacturing base.
Recognising this potential, the UK Government is working with businesses and education providers to develop a clear roadmap for the engineering sector, with the upcoming National Science & Engineering Week providing the perfect opportunity to begin promoting engineering as a career to today’s youth. Taking place from 9-18 March 2012, it will be the UK’s widest grassroots celebration of science and engineering to date and will hopefully help to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities. Last year, National Science & Engineering Week hosted over 4,500 events and attracted 1.7 million people.
This year the theme will explore ‘our world in motion’ and see festivals and fairs taking place throughout the UK. We will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest news and hot button issues from National Science & Engineering Week via our Twitter feed @Engineering_PR, Google+ page and Facebook page.