News today that James Dyson is planning to invest £250M in a new R&D facility. Creating the building and facility is one challenge; finding the engineers to fill it is another.
“It will be impossible to find the additional 3,000 engineers needed unless the Government makes engineering a more attractive career choice”, said the entrepreneur. “As a country, we need an extra 87,000 engineers a year to meet demand.”
“There’s no shortage of engineers in the Far East,” he added. “40pc of all graduates from Singapore University are engineers. Even the Philippines produces twice as many engineers as us”.
The image of engineering in UK has been on the decline for many years resulting in a failure to attract the best brains. Dyson is underlining that Engineering is no longer a dirty nuts and bolts industry but people based, where ideas, inspiration and team-work matter.