Engineers play a vital role in today’s society

College News and Communications
Monday, 05 August 2019 08:33


21 year old Luke Cattermole from Druids Heath has been an engineering student at Bournville College since he was 18. Having progressed from Level 2 and 3, in September he starts the Foundation Degree in Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering pathways).

Engineers play a vital role in today’s society. They contribute to the design, development and manufacture of products that allow us to do things on a daily basis that we take for granted, from talking on your mobile phone to flying on holiday on a commercial aircraft.

The engineering sector employs a significant proportion of the overall UK workforce. In 2016, just under one in five (18.9% – or 5.66 million) people in the UK workforce were working at an engineering enterprise.

A 2018 analysis by found that in terms of finding full-time employment, the UK domiciled first degree graduates who had studied engineering and technology full time fare better than average. In 2015 to 2016, 62% entered full-time employment, compared with 56% of all graduates.

Once he has finished his top-up year at university, Luke wants to be a project manager in the electrical engineering sector.

When asked what advice he would give his 16 year old self, he said “Have more confidence in yourself. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. If you have a dream, pursue it and put in the effort required to achieve it. It’s paid off for me.”

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