The net zero workforce report of EngineeringUK indicated that there is no consistent understanding of the future demand for engineering and technical skills needed to meet the government’s net zero goals by 2050.
The report is based on an analysis of nearly 30 research reports from across the engineering sector on green jobs and the engineering skills needed to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy.
He recommends that, if the government is to meet its carbon reduction targets, it needs to better understand the number of future green jobs and the skills of people working in sectors crucial to achieving the UK’s net zero commitments.
To have a workforce ready to respond to the climate crisis, there needs to be people with the right engineering skills and other STEM backgrounds.
The report highlights that no “backcasting” has been undertaken to see if the UK has the necessary number of young people acquiring STEM qualifications at secondary and tertiary level to address these challenges.
Mike Hardisty, Head of Environmental Sustainability at EngineeringUK, said: “It is clear that we may be walking in our sleep towards a net shortage of engineering skills without knowing how large the skills and educational gaps are and where they are.
“More needs to be done to encourage and enable young people across the UK to acquire STEM-based qualifications in order to tackle the climate crisis. If we don’t have enough young people studying chemistry and physics now, for example, it could lead to a shortage of electrical and chemical engineers, which means we won’t have the necessary skills in the future workforce. “
The UK could “sleeplessly walk towards a net shortage of engineering skills”
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