Government unveils plans to train 100,000 technicians for jobs in the engineering industry to maintain the sector's global competitiveness

The Government is launching an initiative to introduce 100,000 new technicians into the mechanical and civil engineering industries.

Several institutions in the sector are taking part to develop the next generation of staff they need for their workforces. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of his support for the scheme as he welcomed engineering apprentices and school pupils on a visit to Downing Street.

UK firms need workers with the best possible abilities to compete against other companies from around the world, Stephen Tetlow, chief executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said.

He said the initiative would provide a constant supply of highly-skilled technicians for careers in the engineering industry with levels of training that are recognised worldwide.

Professor Barry Clarke, president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said world-class engineering workers are needed to deliver the kind of world-leading infrastructure Britain needs to succeed. He said the organisation would be working to bring more skilled technicians to the sector to be able to meet any future challenges.

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