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MORE needs to be done by the government, employers and educators to attract people to a career in engineering.

That is according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Stephen Tetlow, the institution’s chief executive, said yesterday there is still a ‘wide-spread failure to grasp the scale of the skills gap facing the UK’.

He said: ‘On the face of it, the latest figures from the Engineering Council look good, with the number of professional engineers across the country growing by 17 per cent last year.

‘But with the ageing workforce and so many retiring from engineering, the total number of engineers and technicians in the country increased by only three people. We need 100,000 professionals each year to give our country any chance of sustainable growth. The figures are deeply worrying and frankly not far short of pathetic.’