Engineering the Future is an alliance of professional engineering institutions and national organisations that between them represent 450,000 professional engineers. Through EtF, the engineering profession speaks with one voice on engineering issues of national and international importance. We provide independent – and expert – engineering advice to government. We promote understanding of the critical contribution that engineering makes to national policy and to addressing the grand challenges.

All the professional engineering institutions which are licensed by the Engineering Council are members of EtF, as well as the Engineering Council, EngineeringUK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering (who also host the EtF Secretariat).

Engineering the Future (EtF) was created after the 2009 Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into the engineering profession. This inquiry found that “The engineering community’s approach to this inquiry has been coherent and co-ordinated, with the institutions working together to communicate a common message with and through the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Academy must take forward and formalise its leadership role, so that the engineering community can communicate—and co-ordinate—more effectively.”

A related programme, Education for Engineering (E4E) had been created some time earlier, with a similar structure, and focused on education policy. E4E was incorporated under the EtF programme.



The country’s future prosperity requires the development of a more diverse economic base. The UK must create more successful, high added value businesses and industries to produce and maintain the wealth creating products, infrastructure and services of the future. These innovative new enterprises will build on our national strengths in science and technology, regenerate our industrial base, address the grand challenges facing society, boost GDP and underpin social progress at all levels.

The scale and complexity of the process of 21st century re-industrialisation required is such that it cannot be left solely to the market to deliver. Creating the hi-tech sustainable economy of the future will require new models of cooperation between industry, government and education to rebalance the economy and drive growth.

The engineering profession has formed an alliance, Engineering the Future, to strengthen engagement with policymakers and support a thriving economy based on wealth creation and prosperity through engineering innovation.

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