The Action for Wiltshire Board which is made up of Wiltshire Council and key partners from industry and education, have signed up to a national initiative to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Nationally there is a shortfall in qualified engineering graduates and skilled technicians, and there is a government drive to change that by creating the Year of Engineering 2018. The aim is to celebrate UK engineering as government and industry work with schools and families to offer young people a positive experience.
Representatives on the board include Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire College, Selwood Housing, Community First and Inspire Wessex Chambers of Commerce. All have signed up to help drive this initiative by working with partners from throughout the industry, drawing on their expertise to inspire and motivate children and young people, from primary school age to graduates.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children, said: “Engineering is vital to all aspects of life and it is important that we play our part to address this shortfall. Although our apprenticeship figures in this area are looking healthy, there is always more we can do. By signing up to the Year of Engineering, we are underlining our commitment to work together to help inspire the engineers of the future.”
In 2015/16 Wiltshire had 1,820 Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Apprenticeship starts which was an increase of 117% starts compared to the previous year and represents more than 28% of all starts that year. Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Apprenticeships had the most starts of any subject area in Wiltshire.
The Year of Engineering begins in January. For more details about registering or becoming a partner, visit dft.gov.uk/year-of-engineering-2018