It was disappointing to read that firms are effectively blaming schools for pupils not joining the engineering profession. Teachers and careers advisors are unlikely to have experienced engineering and therefore are not the most suitably placed people to promote it as a career. Children tend to go into careers that they have some experience of, e.g. pupils who have required physiotherapy as a child often consider this as a career, children of doctors often go into medicine etc. If firms took more of a responsibility in this and sent enthusiastic engineers into schools to help with science fairs and lessons and talk to students as they choose their GCSE options, maybe more pupils would understand that engineers are different to mechanics.