WE are Engineering
The West of England has a long history of innovation, design and manufacturing, with significant engineering developments taking place on our doorstep. Engineering plays a key role in a diverse range of businesses and industries, from transport and technology to food and fashion. A large number of major engineering companies are located in the West of England including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Rotork, Buro Happold and Oxford Instruments - all supported by a strong supply chain of smaller and locally-owned companies.
"Our region has lots of great engineering talent; in addition to people with technical ability, there are sales, design and administration skills. The West of England has a thriving and vibrant engineering economy. Protechnic designs and manufactures such high-end, specialist products, we need our staff to possess a unique set of skills" - John Lee, Protechnic
Engineering and high-tech is the fourth largest employment sector in the West of England, employing around 44,400 individuals: 8 per cent of our workforce. In 2014, around 1,000 engineering jobs were advertised across the area - that's nearly three jobs every day! This number will rise, with approximately 87,000 people per year needed over the next ten years to meet national demand.
There are many ways in which you can start your engineering career: From an apprenticeship to studying at university, the opportunities within the West of England are vast and varied. Hal Willis, at Airbus, opted for a Higher Level Apprenticeship as an alternative to university and he is now in his final year of a BSc in Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol. There are plenty of roles - indeed a growing demand - for young women in the engineering sector too. In fact, increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering and maths-related jobs would help tackle predicted future skills shortages in these areas. See what our Female Engineer of the Month, Lucy Ackland, has to say about her experience in engineering.