The West Midlands faces a shortage of around 20,000 young engineers every year.
The region is home to over 25,000 Engineering and Manufacturing firms that form crucial supply chains for the aerospace, automotive, medical, defence and built environment sectors amongst others. It is also home to a thriving advanced manufacturing sector and whilst being the birthplace of the first Industrial Revolution, is well placed to lead the fourth iteration, Industry 4.0.
Engineering and manufacturing is the life blood of the UK economy and a significant wealth creator: it generates 23% of UK turnover, employs 5.6 million people and produces most of our global exports.
However, engineering skills remain in short supply and for too long the West Midlands’ manufacturing sector has struggled to attract and retain the best young talent, due to widespread lack of awareness of the variety of exciting career opportunities that exist and outdated perceptions of the sector.
Next Gen Makers exists to change this. We work with our partner Colleges and Schools to create a platform for engineering employers, our ‘Champions’, to engage and inspire young local people via organised and facilitated events such as Factory Visits, Work Experience, Careers Talks, Speaker Opportunities and more.
Our Champions are proactively inspiring the next generation of makers, future proofing their workforces and enjoying the benefits as a result.