Skills fears for engineers

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The science, engineering and manufacturing technologies skills council, Semta, says that represents more than half of the 10,000-plus vacancies that will arise in those sectors.

Semta adds that apprenticeships will be the key to developing people with the higher level skills, yet only seven out of every hundred employers in those sectors currently offer apprenticeships.

Four out of five employers claim there are significant barriers to recruiting apprentices, so Semta recently launched a special apprenticeship service, which aims to overcome those barriers.