A new Young Professionals panel to allow up-and-coming engineers, architects, designers and planners to have a say on the country’s infrastructure needs has been launched by National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
NIC chair Lord Adonis said being part of the panel was a “unique opportunity” for someone in their first years of their career to have “real influence” over how the UK’s infrastructure was developed over the next 30 years.
The new panel will advise Adonis and other NIC commissioners as the new National Infrastructure Assessment is developed. The assessment will consider the infrastructure needs from roads and rail to digital networks and energy supplies for the country until 2050.
“From Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Thomas Telford and Tim Berners-Lee to Ailie MacAdam, this country has produced some of the world’s best innovators – we need to support and inspire the next generation of engineers and designers to have that same level of drive and ambition,” said Lord Adonis.
“I am keen that the Commission does not just listen to those whose careers are well established, but also to people at the start of their professional lives with ideas and inspiration about the infrastructure they want to see in their future – so I would urge anyone with a passion for this vital issue to put their names forward for this unique opportunity.”
The commission is looking for 20 people across a range of disciplines to sit on the panel, which will meet twice a year.
The deadline to apply is 5 January 2018 and it will be in place by early 2018.