Periodically we hear clamour for more engineers in this country, and a near continuous lament from all sides of industry for a lack of skills; that nefarious catch-all phrase “skills”, and concurrently images of James Dyson and Trevor Baylis are somehow conjured in the mind, a perception of successful modern engineering success forever burned into our psyche by our schools, our government and our media.
And yet however strong this association, this is a hugely narrow and potentially damaging projection both of requirements and capability. How so? Let’s firstly examine requirements before examining engineers’ suitability to match them. Read more