Monday 1st September 2008
Engineering - Manufacturing jobs 'at risk from economic downturn'
Job losses within the manufacturing sector are being predicted as a result of the slowing economy, it has been claimed.
The Engineering Employers Federation urged the government to take action after conducting a survey of 800 companies.
The study found that job cuts are being predicted across Britain with a "sharp decline" in expectations, the BBC reports.
A fifth of manufacturing firms had a decrease in their workforce in August.
The BBC also reported a survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, which found job losses taking place for the fifth consecutive month.
Last week, entrepreneur James Dyson warned that Britain is facing an engineering skills crisis after teenagers were found to be avoiding jobs in engineering.
Engineering firms told the BBC that they are having difficulty recruiting school leavers.
Chris Tattersall, managing director of Reylon beds, said that during one recent school trip around the factory, a teacher had warned students: "If you don't study hard, this is the sort of place you'll end up."
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