The North West engineering industry has traditionally had it’s up’s and down’s throughout it’s illustrious history. As we come to the end of 2017 we reflect on the North West and consider how engineering has contributed to and has driven economic growth.
In 2017 the North West engineering industry has contributed significantly to turnover and employment however issues remain over skills shortages and perception of the sector, particularly with regards to engaging the younger generation.
Rhys Harris, Head of Engineering, Power & Construction at Morson International, gives us his thoughts on the engineering sector –
The North West engineering sector is in buoyant mood, and growing fast. How big could it be if we could fill the skills gap of, on average, a shortfall of over 69,000 engineers a year? How many families futures could we affect if there was a fluid and financially practical route to access training and education to take young people on the path to becoming an engineer – to the benefit of UK Trade?
It’s a big question and one that requires government bodies, industry leaders, engineering companies, chartered institutes, education and training providers and recruitment companies (the link between people and jobs) to work together and formulate a cohesive, collaborative plan that starts to bridge some of the existing gap in the engineering sector.
We need to break down stereotypes and here at Morson, our CEO Ged Mason, has pledged to double the number of female engineers in the industry by the end of the decade. In order to encourage more females into engineering, Morson International works closely with the University of Salford where it offers a Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarship in memory of Morson Group founder, Gerry Mason.