Engineers shape the world we live in, by designing, creating, testing and developing almost every product or process you can think of, it affects every aspect of human activity, work, leisure, health and education. Engineers are currently tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems, from dealing with cyber security and maintaining clean energy supplies to finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel.
Engineering is the practical and creative application of science and maths, therefore maths and science subjects, particularly physics are essential for engineering careers. Many engineers begin by studying at university or college for a BEng or Meng, but there is a wide choice of courses and qualifications available. A Diploma in engineering is another alternative. A BTEC Higher National Diploma/Certificate or foundation degrees in engineering or technology provide alternative routes to university. It is possible to begin training for craft, technician or mechanic level jobs straight from school with GCSEs in English, maths and science followed by full-time study at college, or a work-based apprenticeship.
Most jobs require people who like maths and science, enjoy finding solutions to challenging problems, are practical, team workers and good communicators.
There are very good job prospects for engineers, engineering businesses and the products of engineering make up a significant part of the UK economy. Over 2.65 million UK engineering jobs need filling by 2024. Engineers are needed at all levels, in a wide range of sectors, from apprentices to technicians, graduates to postgraduates, there is a high demand for engineers in the UK. Alongside the well-known success stories of aerospace and pharmaceuticals, strong growth can also be seen in advanced manufacturing, automotive, renewable energy, low carbon technologies and recycling. In the built environment, engineers are at the forefront of finding solutions to problems such as water shortage, flood protection, waste management and energy. These are essential skills that are required not only in the UK but are transferable across the world.
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