It annoyed me that a year or so ago, the government said that there was a shortage of engineers, especially those with computer skills and that they were considering importing engineers from abroad.
I then turned to the vacancy pages, only to find a host of adverts for graduate engineers with experience, starting at around £15,000. There are many examples of very low starting salaries - I have seen technicians offered work at £9,267 a year and graduate engineers at just £13,914.
With graduates ending up with a minimum of £15,000 debt and having missed out on three years work at say £12,000 pa, it has cost them - or their parents - some £50,000 for the privilege.
Sadly they often get jobs at a lower starting salary than their friends who have been working for the last three years. No wonder bright A level students avoid engineering.
D Wilson (M), David Wilson, david. wilson@classicfm. net