Are we heading for European shortage of engineers?
A potential shortage of trained engineers has been confirmed through independent research by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI). Whilst a potential shortage of engineers varies from country to country, it seems that in Europe as a whole the number of students enrolling in science and engineering courses is simply not high enough to satisfy industry's current needs.
Dave Westbury, engineering and technical services manager at SMC in the UK says: "We are really concerned for the industry that these research findings indicate a reduction of young people selecting engineering for their future career."
In view of the need for more engineers in Europe, FEANI is now considering undertaking a media-focused repositioning campaign to make European engineering more attractive to students using communication messages such as, "Engineers Make A World Of Difference" and "Engineers Help Shape The Future". With a new EU 2020 Strategy to help promote and address this recruitment problem, FEANI has already confirmed that the emphasis will be to strongly link engineering and engineers to innovation.
Westbury concludes: "We applaud the use of this communications campaign by FEANI to help change the misconceptions that some students may have about engineering. As an organisation that develops around 40-50 new or updated products each year and brings the latest developments in automation technology to European students through our International Training Division we also firmly believe that both innovation and engineering are inextricably linked."
SMC, which credits its continued success in Europe to its engineering strength, remains firmly committed to having the largest fully trained technical sales teams in their electro/pneumatic industry sector.
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