PM to reveal scheme for 100,000 apprentice engineers

bloodhound300PMPrime Minister David Cameron is to announce a new initiative to help create 100,000 registered engineering technicians over the next five years.

The multi-million pound initiative – created by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Gatsby Foundation – will work through new and established apprentice schemes to provide engineering technicians structured on-the-job experience built on a recognised academic qualification.

The announcement of the new apprenticeship initiative will take place at 10 Downing Street alongside a full-size replica of the British Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (pictured).

Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Institution and its partners are concerned that the number of people pursuing engineering careers is just not enough to meet the current and future demands of the engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors.

“To help UK companies succeed in this ever-growing competitive global marketplace, we need people with the highest professional skills and abilities.

“This initiative will ensure that the UK has a growing stream of engineering technicians being developed to a level that is recognised and respected around the world.”

The Prime Minister will also meet Year 10 pupils from Barclay School in Stevenage, who all hope to become engineers and scientists, as well as apprentices from a number of leading manufacturing and construction companies, including Perkins Engines, Caterpillar and Rolls-Royce.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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