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THE ENGINEERS ARE COMING: Nearly 1 million teens could fill Britain’s vacant engineering roles, but they don’t know where to start…

With an annual shortfall of at least 20,000 skilled workers, generating interest in engineering has been firmly on the agenda for recruiters and hiring managers for some time now. A new report by recruitment website Jobsite shows this could finally be making a difference, as findings reveal as many as 50% of 16-18 year olds would consider a career in the this field.

  • 50% of teens aged 16-18 would consider a career in engineering.
  • However, 63% don’t know which qualifications are needed.
  • 40% of engineers believe advertised roles reinforce gender stereotypes

With an annual shortfall of at least 20,000 skilled workers, generating interest in engineering has been firmly on the agenda for recruiters and hiring managers for some time now. A new report by recruitment website Jobsite shows this could finally be making a difference, as findings reveal as many as 50% of 16-18 year olds would consider a career in the this field.

New findings by Jobsite show that 69% of recruiters find it difficult to source engineering candidates with the right skills or experience. Soon this could be a problem of the past; perceptions are changing, as Jobsite research finds teens believe engineering is a cool (84%), creative (86%) career choice.

Reasons stated for being attracted to an engineering career include the ability to solve challenging problems (57%), opportunity to build things (55%), career progression (42%) and salary (39%). This view is shared by current engineers who cite rewarding work, job security and varied workload as the best parts of the job.

But, it’s not all good news. Despite 87% being aware of engineering as a career by age 18, a whopping 63% of teens surveyed were not aware of the qualifications needed to pursue it. Work experience provides some students a way to explore chosen career options, however 70% have not been presented with any opportunities for work experience in the sector.

Gender stereotypes also continue to hold the sector back as half of teens believe engineering is a male career choice. Whilst the majority of engineers do not agree (77%), nearly half (40%) think that advertised roles reinforce these stereotypes and that engineering does not represent women adequately (50%).

For more of our findings and recommendations about the engineering industry, click here to read our article and report.

Jobsite CEO Nick Gold said- “Over the last decade, careers in tech have become aspirational. Now it’s time for engineering to revitalise its image and do the same. Through role models and high profile projects, Britain’s teens are finally seeing that STEM careers are a way to satisfy a range of needs and make a real difference in society.

Our report highlights the need for recruiters and employers to demonstrate a clear path into these careers for young people today. Engineers we spoke to cite a range of routes into the industry, not just through degrees but also apprenticeships and on the job training. This proves engineering to be a very accessible career choice, regardless of academic strengths and background. Demystifying this is the key to attracting and nurturing the talent needed to fill the shortfall. ”