The growing oil, gas and renewables sector is in great shortage of renewable energy engineers and is having to fly in recruits from across Europe but recruiting from abroad is a short-term solution. Inspiration is as important as opportunity and the UK cannot afford to be too laid back; thus families, schools, colleges and universities need to focus on encouraging and training future engineers because a strong British renewable energy engineering sector is vital to the long-term sustainability of the UK’s economic recovery. Engineering is crucial for a successful nation.
Failing to meet the country’s engineering workforce requirements will damage the UK economically. Engineering businesses have the potential to contribute an extra £27 billion to the UK economy every year, but the UK must meet the demand for a quarter of a million new vacancies.
Renewable energy companies throughout the country are constantly tackling the shortage of qualified renewable energy engineers. Engineering and technology graduates are very employable: 66.3% were in full-time employment within six months of graduating from their course. This is higher than the percentage of all graduates who are going into full-time employment (57.7%).
Rank, Country & Percentage of total first university degrees in science and engineering:
1 Japan 61%
2 South Korea 41%
3 Canada 38%
4 Germany 37%
5 Finland 37%
6 France 35%
7 United Kingdom 34%
8 United States 31%
9 Australia 27%
Source: IMD (2013) World Competitiveness Yearbook