Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 1 November

First published in the Worcester News on 1.11.19

Engineering continues to play a central role in Worcestershire’s economy. The ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’ campaign, taking place next week, will showcase how engineering affects us all in our day to day lives.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week runs from 4-8 November and is set to feature engineers from a range of backgrounds which help to make a positive difference to people’s health and wellbeing. The campaign will also provide a fantastic opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers.

As we have so many professional engineering institutions, engineering employers and individual engineers based in Worcestershire, I hope to see lots of people participating in the campaign and showcasing why Worcestershire is such an excellent location for engineering. The easiest way to get involved is via social media, where you can post using the hashtag #TEWeek19

For more information on the campaign, please do visit the website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek

This a particularly exciting time for engineering in Worcestershire, as last week saw the launch of the Heart of Worcestershire College’s new Duckworth Centre of Engineering. The centre will provide training for automotive, plumbing & heating engineering students with dedicated workshops and classrooms on site.

We know that local and national demand for these skills is growing and we’ve therefore invested a total of £4,010,000 into the new state of the art engineering centre, which will help local businesses to tackle the engineering skills shortage. I think this high level of demand was reflected in the significant number of local businesses that attended the launch of the facility.

Improving the skills and training of our local learners and apprentices continues to be central in boosting economic growth across the county. For more information on how we’re helping to raise the skills of the local workforce further, visit the Worcestershire LEP website, www.wlep.co.uk