We know from our 2013 analysis that the UK will need approximately 87,000 people per year over the next ten years to meet demand – and that these people will need at least level 4 skills. Despite a plethora of policies and interventions aimed at growing the economy (which are detailed in our report) the key question remains, do we have the capacity to deliver? Not yet, seems to be the best answer we can currently provide. Although supply has grown over the past year, we still have only 51,000 engineers coming on stream per year. In fact, the number of level 3 engineering-related apprenticeships has actually dropped from 27,000 to 23,500 – falling well short of an annual demand of approximately 69,000.