Engineering skills warning as new report calls for gov...

Engineering skills warning as new report calls for government action

17 November 2014

The UK economy is facing an engineering skills gap and needs 87,000 new engineers a year over the next decade warns a new report launched by Unite the union today (Monday 17 November).

Launched in parliament, the report, ‘Engineering excellence - a charter for UK engineering’, urges the government to do more to support engineering and calls for an ‘engineered in Britain, bought in Britain’ approach to public procurement.

The report goes on to call for companies to shorten supply chains and reshore jobs back to the UK to ensure they fulfil customer demands more quickly and flexibly, as well as the creation of a government backed strategic investment bank to support engineering.

Copies of the report which is being launched with Iain Wright MP for Hartlepool later today can be downloaded from the Unite website: Engineering excellence - a charter for UK engineering’ [PDF].  

Commenting, Linda McCulloch national officer for Unite said: “We need urgent action to close the engineering skills gap to ensure we rebalance the economy and have sustainable growth.

“As our report suggests a lack of a joined up, robust industrial policy means the UK is still excessively reliant on service sector jobs and is contributing to the creation of a low wage, low skilled economy.

“To develop a strong economy we need a strong engineering base. The government needs to do more by pursuing an ‘engineered in Britain, bought in Britain’ policy. It also needs to create a strategic investment bank that backs engineering and manufacturing.

“This report is the first time Unite representatives and key industry players such as the EEF, Engineering UK and Semta, have come together to develop a coherent strategy to drive UK engineering forward.

“We look forward to continuing our work together as we press the government to do more to support engineering.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.