Importance of Vocational Skills & Careers

EngineeringUK has today welcomed the Science for Careers report on increasing awareness of vocational science and engineering careers.

Calling for a UK wide careers information, advice and guidance strategy, the report from one of five expert groups advising the Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS), argues that there is not enough information available on science and engineering careers, in particular those at technician level, in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises, and in emerging technological sectors.

Challenging the science and engineering sectors to reach out to wider audiences, the report calls for careers information and outreach programmes to proactively raise awareness of the full range of science and engineering careers of all types and levels. In particular, it calls for a wide range of science and engineering role models to be made available to children and young people, as well as increased information for key influencers such as parents.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, and a Member of the Expert Group, said: “The E in STEM is largely silent in the school curriculum but if we all work together to provide the right support and information to young people we can make it much louder and more resounding when it comes to STEM careers.”




EngineeringUK, formerly the ETB, is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills. For more information about EngineeringUK please visit

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