Give next generation of engineers the opportunities they deserve, Make UK urge
Manufacturers’ association, Make UK, is using this year’s World Engineering Day, which takes place on 4 March, to call upon employers in the Midlands, UK, to offer the next generation of engineers the opportunity to shape both their careers and the future of ‘Engineering for A Healthy Planet’ – the day’s theme for 2021.
Many engineering and manufacturing companies are thinking about delaying or cancelling their apprenticeship programmes considering the current COVID-19 crisis, but Stephen Mitchell, Director of Apprentices and Technical Training at Make UK’s Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham, says companies must look at the long-term picture. “We understand that these are testing times, but employers still need to look to the future - and apprentices play a key role in this,” he said.
“Make UK has over 2,000 young people in its talent pool looking for apprenticeship opportunities, including a considerable number of young women. We have world-class facilities here in Aston, and our streamlined recruitment process means employers can access applications and candidates with minimal fuss and delay.
“Even if employers are not in a position to take on apprentices immediately, we would encourage them to start the conversations now.”