IPEM supports engineering profession calls for action to secure the UK’s future economy and society

A PARTNERSHIP representing nearly half a million UK engineers has published a manifesto calling on the Government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure.

The manifesto, Engineering priorities for our future economy and society, highlights critical policy recommendations to enhance the UK’s status as a world-leading innovation and engineering hub, ahead of the forthcoming spending review, the UK’s exit from the EU and a possible general election.

It has been published by the National Engineering Policy Centre, a partnership led by the Royal Academy of Engineering. IPEM is one of the 39 UK engineering organisations who are partners in the Centre.

It aims to connect policymakers with critical engineering expertise to inform and respond to policy issues of national importance, giving policymakers a route to the best independent advice available from across the whole profession, and the profession a unified voice on shared challenges. The ambition is for the Centre to become a trusted partner for policymakers, enabling them to access excellent engineering expertise, for social and economic benefit.

The Centre was established to give policymakers access to the best independent advice, skills and expertise of the engineering profession, which generates £420.5bn of UK GVA and employs more than 5.8 million people. It aims to apply engineers’ problem-solving skills to some of the biggest problems the UK faces today.

The manifesto includes 20 actions across five key policy areas:

  • Skills: Implement the recommendations of the Perkins Review, which sets out actions to ensure an adequate supply of engineering talent for our nation, to secure the engineering skills needed for the future.
  • Innovation: Increase Innovate UK’s budget to boost support for business innovation and the ‘D’ of R&D to increase productivity.
  • Digital: Deliver fast and resilient digital infrastructure, a thriving business environment, excellent digital skills and a diverse pipeline of workers to create a world-leading digital economy.
  • Infrastructure: Deliver on the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Assessment or set out alternative plans to meet the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs.
  • Energy and climate change: Deliver on the UK’s ambitious climate change goals by investing in demonstration and deployment of new low-carbon heat, charging of electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage technologies.

You can read the manifesto here.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019,
Categories: IPEM News,
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Author: Sean Edmunds


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