New research reveals mixed feelings towards careers in UK manufacturing
With the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU now just six months away, concerns are continuing to be raised about how the country will maintain its place in the global economy.
A recent survey of more than 2,000 adults showed that manufacturing is considered to be an essential industry in ensuring the UK’s continued growth and prosperity. In fact, 88% of participants believed that a strong manufacturing sector is important. However, less than a fifth of parents would encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing.
This is despite the fact that average earnings in manufacturing exceed the UK average, but only 17% of the public are aware of this; a lack of publicity about the sector’s attractive benefits no doubt contributes to the problem.
The report by EEF and Womble Bond Dickinson also revealed that half of those surveyed believed that more money should be spent on training the next generation of manufacturers, despite the majority not wishing to see their own child become one of them. A bias against manual and production line work was among the reasons why manufacturing was viewed as an undesirable career option, which is a concern when the industry is suffering from such an enormous technical skills gap.
Parents of daughters were particularly unenthusiastic about manufacturing, with some viewing the industry as too male-dominated.
A general lack of awareness about the industry’s potential was revealed, with many participants not realising that the UK is in the top 10 performing manufacturing countries in the world.
How can we solve the problem of outdated public perception about careers in manufacturing? If you’re working on innovative ways to educate young people, adults or both, we’d love to hear from you.