Shadow Industry Minister Pat McFadden joins the Engineering the future alliance tonight for a fringe meeting at the Labour party conference in Manchester with the Social Market Foundation, looking at the changing nature of the UK economy and what should replace financial services in driving economic growth.  

The meeting will look at issues including:

  1. What is the right role for government in developing the industries of the future?
  2. What tools should government use to stimulate the green industry?
  3. Is the government’s skills strategy the right one to ensure we have the human capital for the jobs of the future?
  4. How can we ensure that modern Britain has the skills and competencies to make the UK a world leader in engineering again?

Our speakers are:
Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP, Shadow Industry Minister
Jane Atkinson FREng, Vice President, SembCorp Utilities
David Kester, Chief Executive, Design Council Kate Bellingham, STEM Ambassador

Notes for editors

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email:  Jane Sutton