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NMI announces UK Electronics Skills Foundation to address threat of diminishing skills

27 January 2010

The National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) has announced the creation of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) to address the threat of diminishing skills in the UK electronics sector. The foundation aims to increase and sustain the supply of industry-ready graduate engineers and boost career take-up in the sector

To address the threat of diminishing skills in the UK electronics sector the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) has announced the creation of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).  The foundation, which includes the University of Bristol, aims to increase and sustain the supply of industry-ready graduate engineers and boost career take-up in the sector.

Derek Boyd, NMI CEO, said: “The dramatic decline in the numbers of Electronic Engineering graduates will present the country with a long term issue if left unchecked.  NMI has identified the underlying problems in the existing skills pipeline which undermine the future prospects of the industry and UKESF has been created to tackle the major issues. Its goal is to ensure that the sector is supplied with the quality of talent to enable it to continue to be innovative, competitive and able to provide high-value jobs to support the wider economy.”

Mark Beach, Professor of Radio Systems Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Bristol University, said: “This scheme will help underpin the electronics sector with high calibre undergraduate students in the UK and ensure new talent in the coming years.

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