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Investing in vehicles of the future

11 Jul 14 - 9:15AM  | Automotive

Following Vince Cable’s announcement of a £130m investment in vehicles of the future, The Recruiter interviewed Mark Bignell, Automotive Managing Consultant, who had the following to say,

“This initiative is excellent news and I particularly welcome the inclusion of smaller British innovation businesses. However, it intensifies the need to solve the rising issue of skills shortage in the UK that is already causing considerable concern in the automotive industry: our clients are finding that there aren’t enough highly-qualified engineers to satisfy current demand and this investment will require a further increase in the supply of skilled engineers.”


“Initiatives such as this, while helping to retain the UK’s technical lead, will inevitably increase the gap between demand and supply of the best technical people.”


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Nice post...
Posted by: Chris Potter, Date 14 July 2014, 07:51 AM
The engineering skill shortage problem is well known, improvements in status, pay will help but what are we doing to encourage our youngsters interest in making things?- surely this starts at primary school.
Posted by: Mike Gee, Date 15 July 2014, 10:24 AM
It doesn't need much to identify the solution but a lot more to implement it. Give an aspiring engineer what he wants - Space to create or solve, empower them to take care of their personal lives so that work is fun and develops loyalty. For a skilled engineer taking up new opportunities, it would require honesty and articulation of the job. Show them where not commercially sensitive, what exactly they are getting into. Define the role better and the rest will take care of itself. Engineers, by trade, are improvisers. For those not sold on the idea, show them what engineering can do for them perhaps. We all know what engineering can do for the world and the company but what can it give back to the engineer?
Posted by: Amit S. Mulay, Date 16 July 2014, 03:15 PM
This is welcome news for the Automotive/ Engineering industry...But I totally agree with Mike and Amit. We've had these skills issues for a long time across several sectors in the UK. Far more needs to be done not just by Government and education, but by companies in various industries engaging with Government, Schools and Universities to improve the marketing and desire for engineering and available courses.
Posted by: Barry Waller, Date 17 July 2014, 03:20 PM
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