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Britain’s manufacturers are facing a recruitment ‘crunch’

Britain’s manufacturers are facing a recruitment ‘crunch’ with the quality and quantity of graduates failing to match up to industry needs, according to a new report ‘Improving the Quality and Quantity of Graduate-level Skills’ by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

By 2020 manufacturers will need almost a million replacement workers. However, this demand comes at a time when skills from within the UK are already in short supply, while companies face ever-increasing difficulties in recruiting from outside of Europe.

66% of manufacturers plan to recruit engineering graduates in the next three years while 27% intend to take on those with business and administration degrees.

Eight in ten manufacturers want to see higher education establishments prioritise making students employable – 79% want courses to be designed to meet industry needs

Manufacturers are taking matters into their own hands by increasingly investing in student sponsorship and offering Higher Apprenticeships, but say that more needs to be done to boost the suitability and availability of skilled young workers.

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