Leading figures in Industry and Higher Education have launched Talent 2030, an ambitious campaign to encourage more talented young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. A particular focus is on the lack of young women entering engineering or manufacturing resulting in the UK’s failure to tap into half of its talent base.
To mark the start of the campaign, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) has published a groundbreaking report, Great Expectations, which finds that building a strong manufacturing and engineering base is vital to the UK’s economic recovery. However, it warns that the country is failing to harness the whole of its talent base and is at risk of losing its competitive edge.
The first wave of the campaign will focus on attracting more girls, to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing when making their subject choices. Fewer than one in ten engineering professionals are women and this is the lowest proportion across the EU. Talent 2030 warns that so few women in these industries means that that the UK is at risking of letting half its talent pool go to waste.
Real life examples of people in engineering and manufacturing are featured on the Talent 2030 web-site and this includes PEME’s Laurie-ann Smith.