It’s a commonly known fact that there is a growing skill shortage within STEM industries with Gartner estimating there will be a shortage of 90,000 IT professionals by 2020 in Europe alone.
In the engineering sector, Engineering UK claimed that this shortage in the technical and engineering field will be even higher with the UK needing to find 182,000 people with engineering skills every year to 2022 to simply meet requirements.
Recognising that, as an industry, we need to do more to attract and train specialists last year Keysource launched its apprenticeship program. Whilst this has proved successful, we also knew we needed to do more.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills attributes the growing shortage to a reduced number of students studying IT and technology subjects. Within the critical environments sector, we find that this is compounded by a lack of awareness of the data centre sector as a career route – even among those who have chosen engineering subjects.
In order to combat this Keysource has launched a University outreach program to inform studying students about the sector and also offering industrial placements to students studying technology and engineering subjects.
Last week we were joined by our first placement student from the University of Bath, Garth Jackson. We sat down with him to understand what he was hoping to gain from the program.
What are you studying?
I am studying towards a Masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. I’ve just completed my second year and wanted to gain practical application experience.
What attracted you to engineering and what do you most enjoy?
I have always enjoyed and excelled in Maths and Physics, however I’ve preferred the more practical applications and projects, which in turn lead me to pursue engineering. I enjoy problem solving the most, finding simple solutions to complex problems.
What attracted you to Keysource?
I was attracted to Keysource as they specialise in a relatively niche field of engineering, and one that I was unaware of on my University course. Their placement program has been built to ensure you can gain experience working throughout the entire company. This was an opportunity I had not seen advertised anywhere else and will provide a unique experience.
What will you be working on or look forward to working on and learning?
Throughout the placement I will mainly be working as a part of their Consultancy team, however I will get the opportunity to work in other departments such as small systems and facilities management. I am most looking forward to getting involved in a project, seeing how the whole company functions and how different departments communicate and coordinate together. My main aim is to contribute as much as I can and be seen as a valued member of the team.
What are your future aspirations?
After placement I aim to graduate from the Master’s program with a degree classification of at least 2:1. Finding a job in a field that I feel I can make a difference in and become a well-respected engineer.
In order to raise the profile of the data centre and critical engineering sector to students, our consultants will be taking part in lectures and career fairs across the UK. If you are a University or studying student and would like to know more about our University outreach program please email firstname.lastname@example.org.