Not-for-profit EngineeringUK has at the moment introduced it’s coming into a brand new technique interval – which is able to set the course of the organisation over the following 5 years.
With a core goal of driving change so extra younger folks select engineering and know-how careers, EngineeringUK’s refreshed imaginative and prescient is for the UK to have the varied workforce wanted for engineering and know-how to thrive and to drive financial prosperity, enhance sustainability and obtain internet zero.
Engineering and tech are critically essential for the UK, with enormous alternatives and duties over the approaching years, however the sector continues to face important workforce challenges.
Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Govt of EngineeringUK, explains “For engineering and know-how to actually thrive, we urgently want extra folks and extra range in our workforce. Our new technique gives us, and importantly all of our companions, with a renewed give attention to what we’re attempting to realize, and readability on how we’re going to get there.
“We’re decided to realize our mission of enabling extra younger folks from all backgrounds to be impressed, knowledgeable and progress into engineering and know-how. However this can solely be potential by working in partnership – all of us have a component to play on this.”
Dr Alice Bunn, Chief Govt of the Establishment for Mechanical Engineers and EngineeringUK Trustee, feedback: “Engineering is an thrilling, rewarding profession and engineers have a key position in fixing most of the complicated world challenges we face at the moment. We have to encourage many extra younger folks into the career, and it’s vitally essential we work collectively to drive change and be certain that younger folks have the proper expertise to make a distinction. EngineeringUK’s new technique will interact extra younger folks with engineering and know-how, serving to to encourage a brand new technology of innovators.”
EngineeringUK’s technique from 2023 to 2028 consists of 4 key strands of exercise together with:
- Analysis and proof – establishing the composition of the present engineering and know-how workforce, future workforce wants and find out how to tackle them
- Management – main efforts to develop the collective impression of all engineering and know-how inspiration and careers actions with younger folks of faculty age
- Actions for colleges – increasing its actions to encourage extra, and extra various, younger folks into engineering, technician and tech roles
- Advocacy – offering advocacy and assist to handle coverage and supply challenges in STEM and careers schooling and workforce planning for engineering and tech
Ed Almond, Chief Govt of the Establishment of Engineering and Know-how (IET) and EngineeringUK Trustee, mentioned: “With clear goals throughout analysis proof, management, actions for colleges and advocacy, this new technique ensures it’s offering an in-depth and multifaceted strategy to encourage the following technology of engineers to ship the options required by society.”
He continues, “The demand for engineers is just growing, so the work that EngineeringUK does – together with all engineering PEIs throughout the UK – is vital. We have to promote the vary of science, engineering and know-how careers to younger folks from all completely different backgrounds. We additionally want to indicate society its impression and significance in tackling world challenges, and advocate for coverage and schooling in engineering. It’s a collective effort so collaboration is vital in driving actual change. We stay up for persevering with our work with EngineeringUK to engineer a greater world collectively.”
Dr Janet Younger, Director Common of the Establishment of Civil Engineers (ICE) and EngineeringUK Trustee, commented: “The world is going through unprecedented challenges, from local weather change to biodiversity loss. Engineers have the abilities and drive to vary the world, and are in a novel place to handle these challenges head on. This renewed technique will encourage and encourage the engineers and infrastructure professionals needed to construct the cleaner, greener future all of us want.”
Benj Sykes, Head of Setting, Consenting and Exterior Affairs at Orsted, commented: “As one of many world’s main renewable power builders, a various, progressive, collaborative group of engineers lies on the very core of our enterprise. These groups drive ahead our tasks turning ideas and plans into very important inexperienced power producing property, equivalent to offshore wind, so we’re delighted to see sustainability and internet zero function so prominently within the EngineeringUK imaginative and prescient. A various pool of future expertise is essential for the success of our enterprise and plenty of industries alike. By boosting engagement and aspiration in STEM-based careers, we are able to open up the world of potentialities to future generations of scientists & engineers.”