The Academy welcomes the Chancellor’s commitments on infrastructure in today’s Autumn Statement, but highlights the need for greater focus on the engineering education and skills that will be essential to the delivery of the important projects announced.

Philip Greenish CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering said:

"Today’s announcement by the Chancellor of major investment in flood defences, road schemes and garden cities is welcome. Development of infrastructure and technology will ensure that the UK is prepared to meet future challenges on a global stage. However, we must also ensure that we are training the right number of engineers who will be required to deliver the plans announced by the Chancellor.

"The Academy estimates that the UK needs to train 75,000 professional engineers every year to 2020, where we currently create only 22,000 graduates. From transport to high-value manufacturing, solving this engineering skills gap will be critical if we are to deliver the package announced in today’s Autumn Statement. Only significant investment in higher education will unlock the engineering talent that the UK economy needs to succeed."

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 02077660655
E: Giorgio De Faveri

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