It appears those in the U.K. manufacturing sector face some of the same key issues as their U.S. counterparts.
The Financial Times reports Wednesday that Ian McCafferty, the chief economic adviser of UK business lobbying group CBI, says the manufacturing industry needs to spruce up its image to attract more young folks.
“Manufacturing as a sector has been disadvantaged by its poor image,” he told lawmakers who were looking into the issue of skills shortages. “A lot of people have a view of it as a business to do with oil rags, rather than something that is exciting, forward looking and secure.”
McCafferty said that while indications are that business leaders in the UK are getting more involved in training programs within manufacturing, they need to step up their involvement to encourage more young people to become interested.