Skills Minister John Hayes joins the Engineering the future alliance tonight for a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham with the Social Market Foundation, looking at the changing nature of the UK economy and what should replace financial services in driving economic growth.

British engineering will be a key element in the resurgence of export-led growth that the UK will need in order to rebalance its economy. In the UK, low carbon technology, national infrastructure and biomedical engineering are areas where skills and knowledge are crucial in underpinning growth and prosperity. To ensure that engineering in the UK can compete globally in new technologies and innovation, policy needs to create the right conditions for UK engineering to flourish.

Our speakers are:

John Hayes MP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning

David Kester, Chief Executive, Design Council

Kate Bellingham, STEM Ambassador

Jane Atkinson FREng, Vice President, SembCorp Utilities

Notes for editors

  1. An industrial policy for the 21st Century: engineering growth in Britain, the Engineering the future/Social Market Foundation fringe meeting, takes place at 5.45pm at the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, on 4 October.
  2. Engineering the future is an alliance of professional engineering institutions and organisations that between them represent 450,000 professional engineers in the UK. Our vision for engineering identifies the key priorities for a thriving UK economy based on engineering innovation, building on our national strengths and the challenges of the 21st century.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Iffat Memon at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0653