The Queen Elizabeth school in Wimborne, Dorset, have been working to inspire more students into engineering careers, particularly girls.
This in hope to change the national skills gap. Figures released this week show UK businesses are still facing a worsening skills crisis. The report produced by the Office for National Statistics reveal 756,000 vacancies with a shortage of skilled workers in specialist areas such as engineering.
The skill gap is widening with education failing the sector. Organisations believe newly recruited engineers do not meet their reasonable expectations. Employers are struggling to recruit engineers with the necessary skills, with 61 per cent saying graduates are their biggest concern.
QE school are changing the way engineering is taught by using state-of-the-art equipment used in industry. This is to inspire all students, particularly girls who account for only 9 per cent of all engineering and technology employees nationally. (See full article here)
It’s really good to see that local industries are supporting schools. The key thing for us is that our students come to QE knowing that they are going to make high quality products and that ultimately we are going to be supporting young engineers nationally for the future. -Richard Wood, Head of Design Technology at QE School
I want to become an engineer when I am older so I thought D.T. and graphics would help me out a lot, and when I’m looking for a job afterwards or possibly trying to get a place at university skills like this are going to help me. -Oliver Dean, Graphics student at QE School