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Category: Industry Sector Insights


‘Aviation manufactures need to recruit and retain staff for the long-term’

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All sectors of the UK engineering industry are suffering from skills shortages as massive investment in infrastructure and growth in UK manufacturing industries places greater demand on the skills of the nation’s engineers. However, aviation is a 14-year industry: designing and engineering broadly take around six years, with fulfilment around another eight which means aviation manufacturers and supply chain companies have to recruit and retain staff for the long-term.  

Key issues include:

  • more than a quarter (27%) of aerospace engineers identify the ageing workforce as the biggest threat

  • retaining senior talent in the business to help train new engineers for delivering current projects is vital

  • this means developing a more flexible workforce - allow older engineers to work beyond retirement - offer incentives

  • growing the pipeline of new talent is seen as vital by engineers working in the aviation sector

  • UK needs urgently to address its shortfall if it is to remain internationally competitive

Globally, even with an adequate supply of engineering graduates in many disciplines, almost 70 percent of aerospace companies report experiencing some or significant challenges recruiting qualified individuals for engineering positions.

Demand for engineers will be high throughout the next ten years as many are  leaving engineering through retirement. As a result 2.56m jobs are expected to be created in this time, including 257,000 new roles. There have been numerous warnings over the past few years that the UK faces a shortage of engineers, if you have any ideas or particular techniques on how to attract both male and female students into the engineering profession please discuss with Cordant.