Business development David Craik · 6 December 2018
Will Generation Z career choices see the end of British manufacturing?
Generation Z has given the thumbs down to launching a manufacturing career with a job in digital or IT much more to their liking. A new Barclays Corporate Banking report found that just 6% of people aged between 16 and 23 wanted to work in manufacturing. Almost half – 47% – said this was because the sector did not appeal to them or they do not believe they have the skills required for the role. Instead, young people aspire towards careers in digital, technology and IT, with manufacturing ranking only 17th out of 19 potential career paths. The results perhaps reveal why over half of British manufacturing businesses say they are finding it difficult to recruit new employees. However, if they invest more in recruitment strategies, the report said, manufacturers could add an additional 6.1bn to the British economy per annum by 2023. Barclays said the manufacturing malaise was down to misconceptions? around the skills that workers can develop. Only a third of young people believed a career in manufacturing will provide them with advanced technology skills. This is despite, Barclays said, the fact that advanced technology is a key driver of growth for UK manufacturing companies. In addition, when asked about what they want from their future career, young people said that the opportunity to constantly build their skills is one of their top priorities.