Posted by Ros Connors

Apprenticeship numbers are falling

A new report makes an urgent plea for the UK Government to act to combat falling apprenticeship numbers in the engineering and technology sectors.

An ambitious new 5-point plan for growing and sustaining engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people has today launched, as part of a new report aimed at helping to grow engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people.

Engineering plays a crucial part in the success of a wealth of UK business sectors and the fight against climate change. Demand for engineers is going up at a faster rate than other professions and projections suggest there will be 173,000 more, new jobs in engineering and technology by 2023. The new report is the culmination of a comprehensive inquiry co-led by Lord Knight and Lord Willetts – seeking to find solutions to reverse the worrying decline in young people starting apprenticeships seen in the sector over recent years.

Ros spoke to Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive of Engineering UK.

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