Minister suggests the UK government may have failed to communicate its vision for rebalancing the economy
Mark Prisk, minister of state for business and enterprise, was speaking at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ 2012 Manufacturing Summit, which had the theme of ‘Making UK manufacturing internationally competitive’.
While keen to stress that the long-term apprenticeship programme is central to the government’s manufacturing strategy and to overcoming a ‘corrosive view that somehow we’re a post-industrial society’, he highlighted concerns about the amount of red tape surrounding the way apprenticeships work.
He also addressed the issue of the wider status of engineers, and hence the attraction of engineering roles to young people, and believes that the recently announced Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will go some way towards addressing it.
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