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IT’S NOW OR NEVER TO BRIDGE THE SKILLS GAP

Coventry-based FANUC UK is urging manufacturers across the country to prioritise skills and training for young people in 2018.

Since launching its purpose-built training facility in Ansty Park last May, the company has seen overwhelming demand for its robotics, robo-machines and CNC programming courses, as well as its long-standing apprenticeship scheme.

SOLIDWORKS WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PROGRAMME

As former education secretary Lord Kenneth Baker stated earlier this year, “Engaging girls in engineering is a national challenge.” With less than 10 per cent of the UK engineering workforce female (compared to 14-30 per cent in our European counterparts), and almost half of maintained co-ed schools sending no girls to take A-Level Physics  -  the statistics can make pretty grim reading.

But there is a shift. Companies are realising that attracting and retaining a more diverse workforce will maximise innovation, creativity and competitiveness. Women engineers are getting involved in exciting and far reaching projects stretching from the Cross Rail project (Linda Miller), the London Eye (Jane Wernick) and running oil rigs (Melissa Clare) to heading up organisations such as the Fab Labs network (Sherry Lassiter) and the Royal Academy of Engineers (Prof Dame Ann Dowling). 

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

Industrial Director explores and celebrates industries women, following National Women in Engineering Day.

In the second decade of the 21st century we must challenge the notion that there are ‘boys’ jobs’ and ‘girls’ jobs.’ We should all be working to ensure that girls and boys consider the widest range of career options and pick the one that is right for them.

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