Inspire next generation of manufacturers and engineers, EEF says

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Parents, teachers and employers have been called upon to make 2017 the year that they help to inspire the UK’s next generation of manufacturers and engineers.

The call by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, comes following concerns that young people are missing out on opportunities for long-term and well paid careers because of outdated myths such as ‘the work is low paid’ and ‘smart kids only go to university’.

Verity O’Keefe, senior employment and skills policy adviser at EEF, said the sector has much to offer.

“By helping young people to understand this we will give them every reason to want to get involved,” she said.

“Manufacturing and engineering also offer young people the chance to choose the career path that is right for them.”

O’Keefe added that it doesn’t matter whether you take the apprenticeship route or graduate route because “your choice will be respected and your ability and ambition rewarded”.

“It’s vital we get this message out there so that more young people feel inspired to seize the opportunity to start a great career,” she said.

To see EEFs top 10 list of myths and facts about the manufacturing and engineering sector, click here.