What skills do the engineers of the future need?

In the grip of a choking skills shortage, the engineering sector faces tough questions of how best to attract new recruits and equip them for lifelong employment.

Demand for engineering skills in the UK could mean onboarding as many as 265,000 new recruits a year through to 2024, equivalent to the population of Plymouth, every 12 months. That is a lot of engineers.

Fast-growing customer-acquisition platform Mention Me closed its first funding round of $7 million this summer. While it has been successful finding new hires with engineering skills, getting the talent mix right has been tough, chief technology officer Tim Boughton concedes. “Barriers to entry to be a software engineer have never been lower,” he says. “Technical skills matter less; it’s the engineering thought-process and structured problem-solving which are in demand.”

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