Engineering seeks skills solution in specialist schoolsOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The engineering industry is to invest £150,000 in three state schools in abid to overcome the sector’s skills shortages. The project is being funded by a consortium led by the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation and will see the three schools – all in areas where thereare shortfalls in engineering skills – awarded specialist engineering statusfrom September. Other schools will also be able to apply for specialist status if they raise£50,000 in sponsorship through their local community. If their application is successful they will be entitled to £100,000 fromthe Government, plus £123 per pupil for up to four years. The EEF said its sponsorship aims to boost the uptake of the ModernApprentices scheme, establish GCSE Engineering courses, and provide a base foracademic engineering study. Ann Bailey, EEF head of education and skills, said: “The schools havethe potential to provide innovative teaching approaches to engineering-relatedsubjects. This is vital to providing an understanding of the role engineeringhas in ensuring competitiveness and productivity in the UK.” The Government aims to have 1,500 specialist schools by 2005. The schoolswill teach the full curriculum, but will have extended courses and facilities.