Engineering a better future adi Group shape the future of young peopleMember News
As multi-disciplined engineering services company adi Group are all too well aware, the UK is still facing a skills shortage within the engineering sector, despite there being a rise in the number of 11-16 year olds stating they would consider a career in engineering*.
Latest figures show that we could be facing a shortfall of some 20,000 engineers year on year**. Helping to bridge this skills gap adi Group run several exciting schemes targeting young people, to show them what a career in engineering could look like and give them the opportunity to gain essential skills.
The group, which has over 30 specialist divisions has been supporting future engineers with initiatives that:
encourage girls into the industry
provide apprenticeship opportunities
provide on-site, hands-on training and qualifications for 14-16 year olds
paint a positive picture of engineering.
Through their pre-apprenticeship scheme, adi give 14-16 year olds the opportunity to complete on-the-job GCSE engineering modules at their Kings Norton base.
To ensure all their apprentices fully engage with adis full time scheme, adi Group hosts the Apprentice of the Year awards which recognise those apprentices with a willingness to learn and the drive to go the extra mile.
Speaking of the wider skills gap within the industry and the duty that lies on engineering companies to help bridge it, Group Director, James Sopwith said: Historically, as a nation we have failed to inspire sufficient people into what is a valuable, creative and rewarding profession, so its crucial we redress that balance by providing high quality opportunities in a progressive working environment.
And, its an issue which is important to all the employees at adi Group with engineers from across the groups 11 UK and Irish operational bases already helping to steer thousands of pupils into the path of engineering by attending career fairs and other engineering awareness days.