Business secretary Vince Cable has called for political rivalries to be put aside to ensure that emphasis is placed on creating a ‘decade of engineering’.
Speaking at a The Manufacturers’ Organisation (EEF) manufacting event in London, feels that focusing on engineering will help to alleviate the skills shortages in the industry.
Cable said that he was very concerned about how few women were attracted to careers in engineering, with only one in ten professional engineers being women. He also spoke of the need to ensure enough young people wanted to become engineers.
Announcing that the government are keen the help tackle the skills shortage problem in engineering, Cable said ‘engineering is about the future, it is not about history.’
Currently the government have made bursaries available to fund maths and physics teaching as well as setting up an initiative to fund 500 aerospace master level degrees.
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