Research from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) found that 69% of employers in the Electronics sector say that a lack of available candidates is a problem when recruiting graduates. Over a number of years, simply too few students have been studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering. This in combination with an ageing workforce means that there are insufficient graduate engineers to drive forward innovation and progress.
People certainly ‘get’ the skills issue, recognise its importance and want solutions. The problem is that these solutions are almost generational in their nature. However, there are some practical things that every individual company could do now to move beyond good intentions and start take steps to help tackle the skills challenge facing the Electronics sector. For instance companies can work collaboratively with the UKESF by participating in their scholarship scheme.
The UKESF only accepts applications from the most capable undergraduates, studying for an IET-accredited MEng or BEng degree at one of our Partner Universities and on courses with a significant Electronics element. Applicants must have a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation. They can be in any year of their degree except the final year, and will be on track to achieve a 2:1.
This year, 10 new companies join the UKESF Scholarship Scheme and there were also a record number of applications from students from the 18 leading universities that partner with the UKESF. As well as making a valuable contribution to their company, scholars are great ambassadors for promoting Electronics in schools and the UKESF provides them with the resources and wherewithal to go into schools and deliver talks and practical sessions about Electronics. Details of the scheme are here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.