City Region engineering firms say one of their biggest concerns is how to engage with young people and encourage them to take up careers in manufacturing.
That was the verdict from more than 40 companies, including leading local manufacturers, attending a seminar on apprenticeships, held at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering.
Attendees heard the sector needs to recruit 80,000 engineers nationwide just to replace those due to retire before 2016.
They also heard of a new partnership between Brinsworth Academy and recruiters Stafforce ATA, which provides a dedicated recruitment service for employers who cannot increase their direct head count but need to recruit apprentices.
Paul Reeves, Business Development Director for Brinsworth Academy, said: “Over 40 businesses such as Sheffield Forgemasters, Nifty Lift, Premier Foods Hovis, Symington’s and Toyoda Gosei attended the event.
“By working closely with those employers and the educational system we are confident that, as a sector, we can make positive strides to continue to develop the next generation of engineers.”