The Royal Academy of Engineers report ‘Jobs and Growth’ issued yesterday has been picked up by the national media.

The report highlights a serious lack of new blood entering engineering education – and apparently demand already outstrips supply in industry (don’t tell that to engineers working in construction) – both these facts create big problems when you consider the investment needed in UK infrastructure to meet the 2050 low carbon vision.

A number of suggestions are made to increase the number of students, backed up by a coherent analysis of the numbers as you would expect from any engineer written report. However, what is missing from the report are some radical ideas to get engineering back in the cultural pysche – rather than have our children dreaming of winning X Factor they should be too busy entering one of the many Government backed national schools engineering competitions…

Royal Academy of Engineers ‘Jobs and Growth’ report is available from their website, click here for a link.