Last edited 25 Sep 2020

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Achieving carbon targets and bridging the skills gap

In July 2015, BSRIA published a white paperAchieving Carbon Targets and Bridging the Skills Gap’ developed for the Diamond Group Forum UK, written by Jeremy Towler.

The paper proposes that the lack of a single government point of contact or a long-term strategy leads to confusion and instability. It suggests that there is a lack of recognition of the engineering trade, and that university education is given greater recognition than apprenticeships despite a chronic shortage of all types of skills in the industry.

At a 60th anniversary executive Diamond Group discussion in London on 17th June 2015, 25 senior personnel from the industry were asked to address these issues and to answer two specific questions:

  • What does our industry need from government to deliver and achieve carbon targets over the next 10 years?
  • What does our industry need from government to recruit new entrants, upskill the existing workforce and change the diversity of the workforce?

On the first question, recommendations included:

On the second question, the report suggests the root causes of the skills gap are that:

Recommendations included:

Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA, said: “Government can help industry to communicate better to make engineering more interesting. We need to move the focus away from one of being a ‘construction industry’ to one focussed on ‘the built environment’... Government needs to help industry to find ways to be more inclusive in all demographic aspects, to attract more diversity into our industry and to raise the status of engineers – if necessary, through some form of incentivisation.”


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