The engineering sector has a problem. Skills and talent entering the engineering industry is a fragile supply and increasingly failing to deliver and retain the skills required by engineering businesses.

This is a problem for UK competitiveness. A potential £22 billion per year could be generated by engineering employers from 2022. This will only work if the UK meets the 257,000 new engineering vacancies that will need filling.

The engineering>workwith is a new resource aiming to resolve these long-term challenges, supporting engineering employers, professionals and educators to work closer together.

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In 2013 the Perkins’ Review Task and Finish group for Higher Education and Employment set out to deliver a call to action to engineering employers, professional bodies, educators and government to increase the supply and quality of engineering skills.

The review recommended the National Centre create an “active central Hub to enable sharing of good practice and case studies between universities, businesses and students”.

Funded by BIS (now the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) the National Centre developed the engineering>workwith to engage and inspire; using rich content such as filmed student interviews, research, and business legislation.

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It brings together in one place advice, such as ‘How to Mentor Engineering Students’; downloadable resources such as internship contracts; and case studies. Success stories and best practice have been carefully sourced to ensure a disciplinary and geographical range.

The engineering>workwith is more than a useful repository of information and advice. It is a solution to business problem of connecting with the right person at a university

The engineering>workwith provides a ‘connect function’ which intelligently provides contact information. Based on a users’ current location or postcode, the connect function returns the contact details for the right people at all universities in a given radius, e.g. 5 miles.

If you’re a business in Birmingham looking to take part in a careers event, the connect function will put you in contact with the specific person responsible at Aston University, Birmingham City, University of Birmingham

This is just the beginning

WWithPic2Launched as a Beta, the engineering>workwith will be working with professional bodies, employers and universities to continue building the content and usefulness of the site.

So do take a look and let us know what you think.

If you know of any great content or sources of information that might be relevant to the engineering>workwith, do drop us a line.