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  • Engineering and manufacturing (factories and business headquarters) are key sectors in terms of staff numbers and/or importance to the Gloucestershire economy. Official statistics from just a few years ago indicate that around 15% of the jobs in Gloucestershire are in manufacturing (which is a major employer of engineers) – much higher than the national average. 

  • The work is often hi-tech – a number of employers in Gloucestershire are involved with the medical, aerospace and defence sectors.

  • Research from Gloucestershire First carried out with local employers shows that there are fewer lower skilled jobs than in the past and that applicants don’t always have the right skills/qualifications. Engineering graduates and skilled craftspeople with a positive, realistic attitude are needed because when the economy recovers it’s vital that there will be enough suitably qualified people

  • Like everywhere, the recession has had an impact and some of the major companies with bases in Gloucestershire have had to make people redundant and close factories

  • However, BBC Gloucestershire recently reported that some companies are currently struggling to recruit. Moog, for instance, say that they have a shortage of all types of engineers, including production and manufacturing. Some of the major companies have ‘paired up’ with local schools to show students what modern manufacturing and engineering is all about.

Examples of engineering employers in Gloucestershire

  • GE Aviation (aerospace), Cheltenham, Gloucester
  • Moog Controls (aerospace), Tewkesbury
  • L-3 TRL (defence), Tewkesbury
  • British Energy (part of EDF), Barnwood
  • Spirax Sarco (steam engineering), Cheltenham
  • Renishaw (hi-tech products), Wotton-under-Edge
  • Messier Dowty (aerospace landing gear), Gloucester
  • Unilever (consumer products), Barnwood
  • GSK (consumer products), Coleford
  • Mabey Group (girder bridges), Lydney