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Britain fails to produce enough engineers

Britain needs to produce an extra 10,000 science and engineering graduates a year between now and 2020 if it is to keep up with demand for these skills, a Royal Academy of Engineering report said this week.

The report says that Britain currently produces 90,000 science and engineering graduates per year and that increasing this to 100,000 would only maintain the status quo in terms of meeting demand for these skills.

Around 1.25M science, engineering and technology professionals and technicians are needed by 2020, including a high proportion of engineers, to support the UK’s economic recovery according to the report.

The report also found demand science, engineering, technology and mathematics qualifications will continue to exceed demand for the foreseeable future.

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