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Excerpted from the United Kingdom Career Guide

The jobs outlook is bright for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). In fact, the concern for top UK companies is that there is a shortage for skilled engineering talent to feed the ever-increasing needs. The engineering sector of UKMA, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), along with BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Airbus and Nissan, recently instituted a ‘Talent Retention System’ (TRS) to promote engineering skills training, apprenticeship and vacancies to support retention of vital skills in growing sectors such as electronics, aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, bioscience, marine and nuclear.

SEMTA represents 130,000 companies and workforce of 1.7 million, and the organization estimates 205,000+ jobs will need to be filled by 2016 within key STEM areas, particularly in fast-growing industries like advanced manufacturing.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Semta is the Sector Skills Council for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors in the UK. It addresses the sector’s skills needs, providing expert support to improve performance and growth by working with employers, partners and training providers to shape skills and training solutions that meet employers' needs. Semta is responsible for 132,000 companies and a 1.7 million-strong workforce that makes up UK advanced manufacturing and engineering: aerospace and defense, automotive, marine, metals and electronics. Its website gives information on careers and qualifications, training providers and awarding bodies.

14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1923 652300; +44 845 643 9001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Labor Unions

Prospect is the largest union in the UK representing professional engineers. It has more than 122,000 members in the public and private sectors including engineers, scientists, managers and specialists in areas as diverse as agriculture, defense, energy, environment, heritage, shipbuilding and transportation.

Prospect (London Headquarters)
New Prospect House
8 Leake Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7902 6600
Fax: +44 20 7902 6667
Email: enquiries@prospect.org.uk



Professional Engineering Magazine
Professional Engineering Magazine contains daily news stories, features, views and letters. Sister publications include Automotive Engineer, Engineering Opps and PEP Journals. The website links to TopEngineeringJobs.com (http://www.topengineeringjobs.com). Circulating to the membership of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers and other engineers and published monthly, Professional Engineering Magazine contains feature articles, news analysis and opinion columns to keep engineers and their colleagues in touch with technical, educational, professional and political issues affecting engineering.

Professional Engineering Magazine
Caspian Media
Unit G4
Harbour Yard
Chelsea Harbour
SW10 0XD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7045 7500
Email: pe@caspianmedia.com

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7222 7899
Email: enquiries@imeche.org


This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete United Kingdom Guide.

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