Although manufacturing/engineering remains significant in the East of England there has been a gradual decline over the last few decades along with a similar trend in the rest of the UK. The recession will only continue to speed this up.
22.8% of the workforce is employed in this sector in South Cambridgeshire. People are employed in aerospace engineering, chemical manufacture and electrical and electronic engineering. Food processing, pulp and paper products, fabricated metal products and mineral manufacture employ over 20.6% of the Fenland workforce.
Mechanical engineering, turbine technology, plastic and metal working, electrical engineering and electronics are important to the Huntingdonshire area. These industries employ 17.3% of the local workforce. Engineering is also an important industry in Peterborough.
Employment levels in food processing and drink manufacturing have decreased over the last few years. However this remains an important industry in Fenland.
Apprenticeships can be a good route into a skilled trade. They can offer a more vocational route into work and gaining qualifications.
Is this you?
- Good at communicating ideas and theories
- Always pay attention to detail
- Interested in craft, design and technology
What 16 year olds did in 2008
In 2008 a total of 504 year 11 school leavers from local schools started full-time employment or work-based training. Of this number, 45 went into engineering and 12 went into manufacturing. Nearly 9% of all year 11 local school leavers went into engineering and less than 3% went into manufacturing.
Jobs in this area
- Chartered/Incorporated Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Engineering Craftsperson
- Sheet Metal Worker/Plater/Fabricator
- Plastics Process Operative
- Production Manager/Worker
- Quality controller/tester
How much could I earn?
- Assembler/Routine Operator - £19,822
- Chemist - £38,168
- Mechanical Engineer - £38,426
- Plant and Machine Operator - £23,900
- Production Manager - £46,561
- Quality Assurance Technicians - £24,668
Find out more
Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for chemicals and pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymers
Energy & Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for electricity, gas, waste management and water industries
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
Improve Ltd is the Sector Skills Council for Food and Drink manufacturing and processing
Proskills UK is the Sector Skills Council for process and manufacturing industries
SCENTA – Science, Engineering and Technology
SEMTA – Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Society of Women Engineers
Why not Chemical Engineering?
Written by Red Bridge Solutions Ltd www.redbridgesolutions.co.uk