An additional 186,000 engineers are needed annual until 2024 to plug the current skills gap with almost 20% of the current workforce set to retire by 2026 as reported by The Engineering Construction Training Board.
With the growing advancement in innovation and technology over the last 15 to 10 years, the skill set of many workers hasn’t been as quick to adapt as what is needed. Engineering and manufacturing companies have been struggling to fill the gaps created by an ageing workforce, lack of qualified high-tech skills to keep up with the rapid modernisation of engineering firms, and a generally negative perception of apprenticeship programmes within engineering not meeting student requirements.
HSQ Recruitment has a vested interest in supporting our clients with finding the skills needed for their companies. Whilst also supporting the industry to bring more awareness of different routes available for those who wish to pursue a role within any engineering sector.
As part of our mission to bring more awareness around roles within engineering, HSQ Recruitment is attending Get up to Speed with STEM 2022. A brilliant event that allows students, teachers, and parents to engage with our industries leaders in engineering and experience the world of work. The event, held at Magna Science Adventure Centre, will be filled with exhibitors from companies such as Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy.
HSQ will be there to speak to schools, young people, teachers, and parents about the different routes into engineering roles and the different types of roles on offer. Martin Spencer, Business Manager for HSQ Recruitment says ‘The industries that we work within are facing a difficult number of years when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Along with the skills shortage we’re facing, we’ve also been dealt a difficult couple of years from the impact of Covid, the great resignation and now working through a candidate-driven market.
‘The opportunities are there for people, but to retain great talent, companies need to look towards the future development of skills sets and grow the talent they need from within their current workforce whilst also driving initiatives to promote the industry as a great place to be for the younger generation.’
This year's event will be attended by Andrew Pilling (Director), Martin Spencer (Business Manager), Luke Norton (Recruitment Consultant), Stephanie Plazzi (Digital Marketing Manager), Rosie Goodwin (Digital Marketing Executive) with additional attendees from E3 Recruitment including Shabbir Ahmad (Regional Manager), Callum Good (Recruitment Consultant), and Laura Rogers (Communications & PR Manager).
Sponsors of this year’s event include AESSEAL, CBE+, The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, AMETEK Land, CityFibre, Highlander UK, UK Atomic Energy Authority, ARM, ITM Power, The IET, Forged Solutions, Balfour Beatty, Wessex Archaeology, Withers & Rogers, Hydra Creative, Dragonfly PR and Made in Sheffield.