Funding has been made available by the government to address a skills shortage and encourage more women to explore the industry as a viable career path.
The new fund is to be made available in three seperate parts
- £10 million for ‘Developing Women Engineers’
- £10 million for ‘Improving Engineering Careers’
- With and additional £10 million to be made available in the autumn to develop engineering skills in smaller companies.
Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock announced the initiative during the launch of the ‘Manufacture your Future’ project.
Hancock said: “Skills are central to the UK economy and our long-term competitiveness. In order to allow UK engineering to grow and compete on the world stage we need a guaranteed supply of highly skilled and talented engineers.”
Applicants wishing to access funds are requested to look at how they can support employees, especially women, looking to return to the sector and how individuals with relevant skills can be helped to progress to become fully qualified engineers. The fund call notice will be placed on the publications pages of Gov.UK from 19th June 2014.