Lack of engineering graduates damaging the UK

3 Oct 2012

Britain needs to produce up to 50% more science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) graduates if it is to cease its slide down the international innovation league tables, according to a recent report.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has completed a study which found that even if 100,000 Stem graduates are produced each year, Britain will only manage to tread water when it comes to international competitiveness. Currently, India is producing eight times the amount of engineering graduates than Britain, and China 20 times as many.

The BBC reported that the requirement for 100,000 Stem graduates per year is not going to be met by newly graduating students alone, and there is an appetite for Stem experts to be trained through other routes.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said it was continuing to look at various ways of supporting engineering at all levels, including postgraduate training, apprenticeships, and engaging with schools.

Further information

BBC News: Warning over shortage of engineering graduates

Materials World: Struggle for Skilled Engineers