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The UK aims to double its aerospace industry by 2020. But what does this mean for its engineers?

11 Jul 14 - 9:15AM  | Aerospace
Farnborough 2014 Jonathan Lee Recruitment

So far in 2014, British development in aerospace engineering has grown rapidly. The Singapore Aerospace show featured an impressive 33 British exhibitors, highlighting the growth of aviation and aeronautical engineering in the UK. Meanwhile, recent weeks have also seen the unveiling of Britain’s £143m high-tech Taranis stealth jet - designed to be the world’s very first unmanned combat aircraft.

The British Space Innovation and Growth Strategy Steering Board has proposed the development of a new national Spaceport. The aim of the project is to raise the revenue of the UK space industry by approximately £10bn to £19bn in 2020 and £40bn in 2030, which will see an increase in career opportunities. If the project is successful, it could see the creation of 100,000 jobs within engineering and technical fields as well as offering new opportunities for SMEs.


“The aerospace industry is growing rapidly and proving to be the perfect environment for SMEs to expand their business,” says Matthew Heath, Managing Consultant for Aerospace, Defence and Aviation. “This sector requires complex skills that are often mirrored in other technical industries such as automotive and defence. The ability to design and produce innovative products for niche purposes will give SMEs a head-start in the future development of the aerospace sector as well as creating opportunities for future business growth."

As the aerospace industry goes from strength-to-strength in 2014, the demand for the next generation of engineers is also increasing. The creation of thousands of jobs will give professionals working across all levels of the industry an invaluable opportunity to expand their knowledge in a range of engineering areas, allowing them to develop their careers and specialise in projects which suit their individual interests and expertise.

“It’s great to see new talent entering the aerospace sector as well as the development of new innovative technology accelerating in the UK,” says Matthew. “We do however, recognise the increasing gap between the demand and supply of skilled engineers and believe the increase in career opportunities will help encourage the next generation of engineers while providing them with a broad range of areas to specialise in. Many of the required skill-sets already exist within the current UK talent pool, with engineers working in the automotive industry already carrying the expertise needed to suit projects in aerospace.”

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It is great post. It will increase the job opportunities for engineers.
Posted by: Chris Potter, Date 16 July 2014, 05:43 AM
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