The UK faces a number of defining challenges to its prosperity, security and wellbeing. Navigating these
challenges will require making trade-offs and dealing with uncertainties in the face of these escalating pressures with limited resources.

Here, we set out our priorities for upcoming policy and spending decisions in the UK. The actions we propose will enable the UK to make investment decisions that will create more jobs and prosperity, and meet the future needs of our society in a way that is faster, more efficient and sustainable.

Report: Engineering priorities for our future economy and society

The engineering profession stands ready to support delivering on these goals and bring about the best outcome for the UK:

Skills

  • Implement the recommendations of the Perkins Review to secure the engineering skills needed for the future

Innovation

  • Increase Innovate UK’s budget to boost support for business innovation and the ‘D’ of R&D to increase productivity.

Digital

  • Deliver fast and resilient digital infrastructure, a thriving business environment, excellent digital skills and a diverse pipeline of workers to create a world-leading digital economy

Infrastructure

  • Deliver on the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Assessment or set out alternative plans to meet the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs

Energy and climate change

  • Deliver on the UK’s ambitious climate change goals by investing in demonstration and deployment of new low carbon heat, charging of electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage technologies