But another fact that may have been missed is that the UK has one of the world’s most influential, innovative and dynamic electronics and embedded software industries, with a skills base and global influence envied by many.
This should be celebrated – which is where our EW BrightSparks programme comes in. Electronics Weekly wants to highlight the achievements of the most talented young people in the electronics world, to inspire and encourage new entrants to our industry.
This is particularly important in the context of the well-publicised skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and engineering-related subjects.
The BrightSparks programme for 2018 therefore needs you. We are looking for engineers under the age of 30 who are working or studying in the UK – those who are still in the early stages of their electronics careers and who will go on to shape the UK industry in years to come.
Once again, we’ve teamed up with RS Components to celebrate the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK today. BrightSparks will also inspire newcomers to the sector or those interested in a career in electronics, so do let us know what you’ve achieved in electronics so far. What are you proud of? What has spurred you on?
You can nominate yourself, or a colleague. We want to know what you’re working on now.
Find out more here. The closing date for entries is 28 February.
Clive Couldwell, group editor, Electronics Weekly