Engineering in the future

precision engineering equipmentA great deal has been spoken and written in recent times about the current state and the future of the engineering industry in the UK. Not only does Sir James Dyson claim he could employ another 2000 engineers if they were out there, but figures for graduate engineers entering the business, pale into insignificance when you compare them with those in other parts of Europe. Simon Jones, Managing Director of PRV Engineering in Pontypool, South Wales, is concerned about the future of the industry.

“It’s failing miserably,” said Simon. “There’s a lack of investment and a real lack of skill. It just doesn’t exist in this country anymore and engineering doesn’t exist in any child’s vocabulary anymore. Continue reading

Female engineers are difficult to find

wordcloud about female engineersA lack of senior engineers and in particular, a serious shortage of female engineers, has been a common theme in recent years.

The figures make for disappointing reading when it comes to female engineers. The United Kingdom is falling behind many of its European neighbours when it comes to attracting women into the industry.

However, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation chairman, Lord Browne of Madingley, has called on parents to take a fresh look at engineering and encourage their sons and daughters into the profession. Continue reading

Britain’s engineering industry lacks women

image of female engineering studentBritish industry still suffers from a lack of engineers. Such is the concern  that business secretary Vince Cable believes the shortage provides a serious threat to recovery. In particular, Cable highlighted the lack of women currently working or actively seeking employment in the British engineering industry.

Only 8% of British engineers are women, which is the lowest proportion in Europe. Compare that with Germany (15%), Sweden (25%) and top-performing Latvia (30%) and it’s easy to see why there is such deep-seated concern.

Research suggests the problem starts long before young people choose a career with many youngsters ditching maths and science as soon as they can. It’s a trend especially marked for girls.

A recent article in the Sheffield Star highlighted the concern. The newspaper reported that only 14 per cent of students at the new University Technical College, are girls. At the newly opened training centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, just four of the 160 engineering apprentices are female. Continue reading

Investing in the future of engineering

precision engineering equipmentMechanical Engineering is vital to everyday life and has been around for centuries. It shapes the world in which we are living and the future on which we rely. From basic objects like wheels to the ever useful screws and inclined planes, from cars to aeroplanes, from paperclips to the rail industry, from bridges to skyscrapers, they all work under the foundations and principles laid out by the laws of mechanics.

We have seen how machines have made our lives easier and the wonders of mechanical engineering. But what is the future of engineering? Continue reading

A big thank you to Ysgol Ifor Bach Primary School

Ysgol Ifor Bach logoOn the 19th and 20th June 2013 PRV Engineering Ltd had the pleasure of entertaining 50 Children from Ysgol IFOR Bach Primary School in Abertridwr, Caerphilly. The Children, all aged between 7 & 9 years old visited PRV’s impressive facility to interview the CEO and Staff about engineering and the products and services they provide.

During the visit they had a tour of the facility, experiencing how work starts, how computers play a vital part of everyday life in the company and the many stages of manufacture that PRV can do in-house. Continue reading