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grounding. There are specific university
courses in computer science, software
engineering, software development
and even games development.
You can also join a company on a
graduate training course after studying
other subjects, and there are a number of
apprenticeships on offer. The Institution
of Engineering & Technology has a
scholarships and bursary programme
that supports and nurtures young talent
and those who need additional support.
How much can I earn? An average
starting salary as a graduate software
engineer is about £26,000, while
apprentices often get paid above the
statutory rate of £3.50 an hour for
under-19s and those in their first year.
Pay can rise to £60,000 with experience,
and chartered engineers doing
specialist roles can earn much more.
Manufacturing has been a backbone
of the British economy since the
industrial revolution, and nowadays it
covers factory creation of everything
from food to chemicals, and accounts
for 10% of the country's output.
Manufacturing engineers are
often required at the beginning of
a product's life cycle, working with
a range of colleagues and external
contacts to ensure a product can be
made efficiently. You could be working
on production of a Formula One
car or a critical health treatment.
What qualifications do I need?
Maths and physics are important
subjects for getting a grounding
in some of the skills needed by
manufacturing engineers. Degrees
are available in manufacturing
systems engineering, electrical or
electronic engineering, production
engineering and other relevant areas.
You can also enter at trainee level
with an engineering HND, or take
a degree-level apprenticeship.
How much can I earn? A graduate
engineer can expect to earn £26,000
a year in an entry-level position. With
experience and more responsibility,
salaries can rise, with aerospace
manufacturing engineers paid an
average base salary of £40,000.
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