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Young people encouraged to become engineers by UK public

Most members of the public in the UK would urge young people to become engineers over three other common career paths, according to a recent survey.

The poll, conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), asked a cross-section of 1,000 members of the public to state which of four jobs – engineer, doctor, accountant or banker – they would encourage young people to undertake. Engineering was the most popular choice, chosen by 86 per cent of respondents, while just 36 per cent said they would advise a young person to become a banker.

Peter Finegold, head of education and skills at IMechE, was pleased with the outcome, saying: “We face a shortfall of 30,000 qualified engineers every year coming through our education system. This result suggests however that basic demand is there and that the public already has some understanding of the extraordinarily diverse and valuable careers available in engineering.”

The variety and challenges presented by engineering make it a hugely rewarding and enjoyable profession, which is why the IMechE survey results came as no surprise to us.

At Gibbons Engineering Group, we’ve been welcoming apprentices to our workshop for decades. We’re always proud to pass on our expertise to the next generation of engineers, and we have a long-standing policy of offering all apprentices a full-time position once they’ve served their time.

If you’d like more information on our engineering apprenticeship programme, call Matthew Gibbons on 07970 676272 or email

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