The President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has visited the North East to see the outstanding work being done by our SMEs.
President Patrick Kniveton, who has held the position since May 2013, visited Dyer Engineering in Annfield Plain, County Durham, to review the work the firm is doing on its apprentice and graduate development programmes.
He also visited the Port of Tyne where he met 15 recently qualified chartered engineers from Stocksfield-headquartered IHC Engineering Business.
Graeme Parkins, MD of Stanley-based Dyer Engineering, said: “We are genuinely excited about our two schemes. There is a severe skills shortage in our sector, and these schemes demonstrate the investment and commitment we are putting into young people in our region who wish to pursue their careers in engineering.”
Like other firms in the region, Dyer has established IMechE-approved training programmes to address the problem of recruiting the next generation of engineers. Apprentices now account for 10% of Dyer’s 100-strong workforce.
Kniveton told The Journal: “The North East has the skills, the infrastructure and the rivers, as well as good universities. If you think about the phone in your pocket to the cars you drive, everything needs engineers. As engineers we massively undersell ourselves. We are very modest and engineers need to get out there and tell people what they do.”