To remedy this, Sir Neville is chairing the government’s new Engineering Education to Employment initiative. The initiative will promote Engineering as an occupation to students and provide bridging courses, work placements and scholarships. The initiative comes as a response to the belief held by many students that the only way to become an engineer is with a university degree.
In reality, there is a severe shortage of engineering technicians and technologists, less than half the number the industry needs each year. The initiative will promote Engineering as a subject to school students, along with the requisite STEM subjects, and aid collaboration between Institutes of Technology and the engineering industry.
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“All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness.”
- Richard Lamm