A shortage of engineers in the UK may force companies to create more apprenticeships to provide the skilled workforce they need going forward.
That is according to Stephen Odell, chairman and chief executive of Ford Europe, who said that the motor industry could be hit by a shortage of suitably-qualified workers and this is an issue which needs to be addressed.
"As the motor industry starts to recover after the recession, we are looking for more engineers. I fear that in the UK we may not have enough engineers. We may have to go back to the roots and start looking at apprenticeships," he said.
Business minister Mark Prisk added that many young people in the UK have an outdated idea of what it means to work in the manufacturing industry.
He stated that it is a dynamic and interesting sector of the economy and can provide good job opportunities.
According to figures from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the government has created 103,000 apprenticeships between 2010 and 2011, exceeding its 50,000 target.
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