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Perkins review calls for more engineers

Professor John Perkins’ review argues that substantially increasing the number of engineers would help the UK economy.

Professor Perkins, the chief scientific advisor to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), reviewed the provision of engineering skills in the UK economy.

The review endorses the view that substantially increasing the supply of engineers entering the labour market would benefit the UK economy.

The review includes 22 recommendations for action by government, industry, the engineering profession, and the education sector.

It advises the government to support young people throughout their education.

It also calls on the government to improve the engineering skills supply system to help to develop the types of engineer which current and future industries need.

EAL managing director Julia Chippendale said: “As the only specialist awarding organisation in the engineering sector, EAL will be a crucial catalyst to implement Professor Perkins’ recommendations.

“We are already fully engaged with places of education and employers – and in discussion with senior players in the sector to develop a raft of fully flexible solutions to meet their future needs.”

It is envisaged that EAL will reveal a series of new initiatives incorporating Professor Perkins’ recommendations early next year.

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