Engineers 2030 is a catalyst for change
The Royal Academy of Engineering on behalf of the National Engineering Policy Centre, is launching Engineers 2030, a project to identify how engineering knowledge, skills and behaviours are changing in the 21st century and what is needed to attract, retain and recruit, educate, and support the engineers and technicians of the future.
Engineers 2030 aims to:
- Determine the foundational knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by engineers and technicians to meet 21st century global challenges.
- Understand the systems, cultures, and policies currently in place in the UK to deliver this.
- Define the principles for how education and skills systems need to change to be effective in developing engineering skills to meet global challenges.
Engineers 2030 is an urgent and essential project
The demands on engineers are greater than ever – with the world facing both challenges and opportunities that depend upon substantial engineering input, chief amongst these being the climate emergency and the rapid progress in artificial intelligence and
related digital technologies.
These demands are arguably driving towards the need for engineering itself to be transformed to help reshape modern society - with the world needing engineers with a broader range of skills, from environmental awareness to greater data skills. Yet the UK is still struggling to develop the engineering workforce to meet the current needs of an advanced manufacturing economy, let alone those of tomorrow.
The scale of change demands that as a profession we ask what changes are needed in our mindset, education systems and culture to ensure that engineers and technicians have a deeper understanding of their role in achieving a sustainable society and an inclusive and prosperous economy.
A new approach is gradually emerging, but we believe it needs to be better defined, more widely agreed, and sharply accelerated. Hence, Engineers 2030 serves as a forum for the engineering community and wider groups to look afresh at the essence of what it means to be engineers or technicians in the coming decades and how we attract and train them.