Phil Simmonds, group managing director, EC Electronics, asks if apprenticeships are the answer to the electronics skills gap?
The UK electronics industry has for some time been facing a technical skills gap. STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) are not a popular choice for school leavers even with various incentives and schemes in place to encourage students to take an interest. As employers in the electronics sector we, and our friends in other firms, experience this first hand. Recruiting people with the right skills is a challenge.