Finally some good news about the engineering talent pipeline. According to research by Jobsite 50% of 16 - 18 year olds would consider a career in engineering.
Disappointingly that same research also shows 63% don't know which qualifications they'd need. And equally disappointing is the fact that half of teens believe engineering is a male career choice.
New findings by Jobsite show that 69% of recruiters find it difficult to source engineering candidates with the right skills or experience. Soon this could be a problem of the past; perceptions are changing, as Jobsite research finds teens believe engineering is a cool (84%), creative (86%) career choice. Reasons stated for being attracted to an engineering career include the ability to solve challenging problems (57%), opportunity to build things (55%), career progression (42%) and salary (39%). This view is shared by current engineers who cite rewarding work, job security and varied workload as the best parts of the job.