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Wednesday 14th February 2018
This week sees the official launch of the Year of Engineering, a campaign led by the government to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Paul Dancer, Strategic Lead for Technical Apprenticeships at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College talks about how they are supporting the initiative:
“The aim is to shake off those stereotypes and show young people what this ever-evolving industry is about. Engineering is opening up a whole world of opportunities, from research into zero-emission cars, 3D printing, space travel and even liquid sensor technology that can monitor babies’ heartbeats. The sheer breadth of the industry is mind blowing.
“We need engineers both locally and nationally: in fact, we need over 180,000 engineers per year up to 2024 (prospects.ac.uk). The key is to educate young people about this industry so they are inspired to pursue a career in it.
“In order to expand our Engineering Apprenticeship offer, we are working closely with Horiba MIRA to create the MIRA Technology Institute – a training facility designed to develop specialist skills for the global automotive industry. Along with key partners including Coventry University, Loughborough University, and the University of Leicester, we hope to develop the next generation of engineers.
“On top of this we also have an established Apprenticeship offer – ideal for anyone looking begin their career in Engineering.