Manufacturing and Engineering

Latest Dorset manufacturing and engineering sector insights.

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Manufacturing and Engineering Dashboard

There is high demand for talent within this exciting fast-paced sector, which could see you working anywhere from buildings in your local community to defence and aerospace engineering. While manufacturing and production have been significantly affected by the coronavirus measures, new technologies such as 3D printing and plastic electronics are changing the shape of production and future employment growth is expected in areas of advanced manufacturing and specialism areas, such as defence, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and other technology-intensive industries.

Explore the interactive dashboard below – click on the occupation bars to reveal salary, automation and education trends. Download a copy of the Manufacturing and Engineering Sector Dashboard.

Click on the arrow at the right-hand corner to view the dashboard in full and scroll through the pages.

Sector Overview

Dorset’s well-established manufacturing and engineering sector has grown by 14.3% over the past decade, contributing £1.9 billion and representing over 10% of the overall Dorset economy.

There are around 2,000 businesses in the sector in Dorset, employing 28,000 people (8% of all employed).

Career Prospects

Due to a sector-wide skills shortages, employment prospects in engineering and manufacturing look good. Dorset is home to a number of high-profile businesses including BAE Systems, Cobham Aviation Services, Honeywell, RNLI, Siemens and Sunseeker International. The area has specialisms in markets such as aerospace, defence, and marine and composite technologies.

Check the dashboard for latest occupations and skills in demand.


Key Employers

Check the dashboard for the employers currently hiring, or visit our Dorset LEP Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering investment page for a list of global and European leaders excelling in Dorset.

Learning Opportunities

In 2018/19, there were around 2,470 apprenticeship starts in engineering and manufacturing, with around 1,800 apprenticeships completed during that year.

Browse apprenticeship opportunities in engineering and manufacturing near you