‘Engineering the Future’
The UK has a vibrant engineering sector, but there is a notable shortage in those possessing STEM skills. Experts want to introduce these knowledge bases at primary school level to help address this issue, as it will only be exacerbated post-Brexit. The UK is hoping to grow its space industry by a proposed £40 billion by 2030, which means it is more important than ever for pupils to be trained in STEM subjects. At the moment, there are currently around 3,000 physicists graduating each year across Britain.
In 2014, the engineering sector was estimated to contribute £455.6 billion towards the UK’s overall £1,683 billion GDP. This equates to a large chunk of 27.1%. Employment within the engineering sector has grown by 1.8% in 2016, to more than 5.5 million. Those working within engineering can also expect to earn a higher salary.
The UK is considered to be a research nation, and is home to four of the top 10 universities globally, as well as 29 of the top 200. Demand for engineers in coming years is thought to be worth an additional £27 billion towards the UK economy each year from 2022. The impact of £1 being produced in engineering means £1.45 is being generated elsewhere.