Technology and engineering companies must improve image

The
minister for skills and adult learning has challenged science, technology and
engineering companies to improve their image as employers.

Ivan
Lewis said that although the sector was in tune with key policy initiatives
there was still plenty to do.

"In
particular we need to do more to show people – and people of both sexes and
from all communities – that there are exciting and rewarding jobs and careers
to be had in these vital sectors of the economy," he said.

Lewis
told delegates at the National Training Organisation for Engineering
Manufacture (EMTA) conference  that the
sector had an image problem, but was working with the Government to address
this. 

He
went on to say that he would set challenging targets to reverse the decline in
the take up of modern apprenticeships and qualifications, using the Sector
Skills Council and Learning and Skills Council networks.

The
conference also heard how teachers are currently building their expertise and
understanding of the new engineering GCSE, launched in September to help
attract more young people into the sector.

By Ross Wigham

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