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Expanding electrical engineering talent

16 March 2022

E3 ACADEMY, a UK non-profit that develops electrical engineering talent, has secured funding under UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund 'Driving the Electric Revolution' to double its number of sponsoring companies and its future pipeline of talented young engineers. The move will help recruiting companies combat the skills gap in electrical engineering.

The UK is experiencing a perfect storm in electrical engineering recruitment. On one hand, demand is increasing fast due to the growth of renewable energy, electric vehicles and industrial automation markets. But on the other hand, the number of students has remained at the same level for the past 20 years. This has created intense competition between employers for the best graduates.

The E3 Academy is helping to overcome this challenge by matching employers with young people after A-levels or in their first year of study at participating universities, the Universities of Newcastle, Bristol and Nottingham. Recruiting companies provide financial support and guaranteed employment on graduation, enabling scholars to focus on their studies. Summer work placements provide real-world experience and provide insight that helps the young people map out their future career paths. Furthermore, E3 Academy summer schools help scholars develop a broader professional network.

Having recently won funding from UKRI, the E3 Academy is now able to extend its scope by doubling the number of companies it works with.

Current sponsoring companies range from large engineering companies to businesses that are scaling up in size. They all share the need to develop a pipeline of electrical engineering talent and include Siemens Digital Industries, the technology company’s industrial automation division, as well as Control Techniques, the manufacturer of AC and DC drives, and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains business, as well as powertrain manufacturer Turntide Technologies and Yasa, which produces high-technology electric motors and controllers.