Robin Phillips, financial director at Siemens Industry UK Group, has called upon the Government to continue its commitment to the revival of the UK manufacturing sector - regardless of the recent publication of positive UK figures showing that the manufacturing sector grew at its fastest rate for 16 years.
Speaking recently at a gathering of large, medium and small-sized manufacturing and engineering companies at the annual Siemens Process Automation User Conference in York, Phillips commented, “There are a number of key challenges that face the manufacturing and engineering community. They include the need to address the issue of a potential shortage of engineers in the years to come and the requirement both to up-skill the current workforce as well as replacing the skills of an engineering generation that will retire over the next couple of decades. We need to deliver 600,000 engineering apprenticeships over the next 10 years, as well as vastly increasing the numbers of current engineering students.
We will see only 5% of UK students taking a university engineering course this year.”
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