Following a series of 10 workshops across the UK and a survey to gauge opinion from the engineering community, a consortium of professional engineering organisations has called on government to ensure that its proposals for an industrial strategy will deliver a long-term vision that transcends party politics.
Engineering an economy that works for all represents 38 professional engineering organisations led by the Royal Academy of Engineering that, in turn, represent the interests of 450,000 engineers.
The report provides recommendations in response to each of the pillars identified in the paper, including Enabling actions, Innovation, Skills, Infrastructure and energy, Growing business across the UK and Research.
The report emphasises the importance of long-term, cross-party collaboration and argues that the strategy should be an important part of all party manifestos as they approach the forthcoming general election. It must enable UK industry, academia, government and investors to break down silos and work together as a system to achieve sustainable growth.
The report also calls for the strategy to embody an ambitious and bold long-term vision that harnesses the UK’s international reputation for engineering excellence and forges a new global identity for Britain as a top destination for inward investment and global talent.
Finally, the report urges the government to broaden the strategy to address areas such as skills development, highlighting in particular the need for digital skills to support future industries and to address the shortage of STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools.
Engineering an economy that works for all, including full details of the recommendations to government, is available to download on the IET Policy web page.