Recently Imagination has been involved in an initiative to address the graduate skill shortage.
Tony King-Smith, VP Marketing Imagination Technologies met with electronic engineering students from the UK’s leading universities who had been selected as UKESF scholars. These students attended a five day course to help with personal development. Executives from ARM and C-MAC MicroTechnology also attended.
A recent survey carried out by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) found that graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics backgrounds lacked workplace experience, and that there was a dramatic decline in the number of people taking up degrees in engineering (47% between 2002 and 2008).
The UKESF is an initiative that bridges the gap between public and private sector organisations, looking to address the skills that are needed for a career in engineering. The UKESF supports individuals through a number of skills workshops and a combination of industry-sponsored bursaries, work experience placements and industrial mentoring. The UKESF also seeks to increase awareness of the variety of careers available in the electronics sector among school students and increase the number of UCAS entries.