Engineering profession calls for action to secure the UK’s future economy and society

Aug 27, 2019

Engineering priorities for our future economy and society

Engineering profession calls for action to secure the UK’s future economy and society

The National Engineering Policy Centre has published a manifesto for a prosperous and secure economy and society, calling on government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, and clean energy technologies.

EngineeringUK is a partner in the National Engineering Policy Centre and this first joint publication, supported by 39 engineering organisations.

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, Brexit and a possible general election.

This engineering manifesto includes 20 actions across 5 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.

Read the manifesto

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