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'Substantial' engineer shortage

There is "substantial demand" for engineers in the UK economy and young people, particularly girls, must be encouraged to take up the profession, a Government-commissioned review has found.

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One in ten UK engineers are women

Fewer than one in 10 engineering professionals in Britain are women, the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU.

The review warns women are heavily under-represented in engineering. Credit: PA

The findings are published in a Government-commissioned review, which says more must be done to encourage young people, particularly girls, to take up the profession.

The review says this may be down to girls' A-level choices, their perceptions of engineering and gender stereotypes in the careers advice students receive.

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