The ICE is to join forces with other engineering bodies to raise awareness of the industry and to promote the contribution of the professions to the economic recovery.
Under the banner Engineering the Future, the main institutions, the Engineering & Technology Board and the Royal Academy of Engineering will co-ordinate their policy and communications work to ensure maximum impact with the public, government and other key stakeholders.
Each organisation will take the lead on its specific area of expertise, which for the ICE will mean leading on all infrastructure-related issues.
It is intended that the work will fall into three parts:
- The undertaking of significant policy project work in key areas, which where possible, will be sponsored by or owned by the government
- The development of an engineering manifesto for the future economy
- The group will carry out co-ordinated public affairs and media relations activity on a number of issues
ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: “The recent Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee report, identified a real lack of engineering expertise in government, which the various engineering bodies are now coming together to address.
“Engineering the Future is a collaborative effort to raise the profile of engineering and in particular to promote the contribution of engineering to the economic recovery.
Engineering the Future is a collaborative effort to raise the profile of engineering
“The group will be focusing its attentions on key issues, working closely with the government to ensure the profession is placed at the heart of the policy making process.”
Already the group has been involved with the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in exploring a systems approach to national infrastructure and is lending support to a Department for Communities and Local Government plan to launch a major national buildings retrofit programme.
Going forward the group has also been invited to be involved with a world water security project, overseen by the government chief scientific advisor John Beddington.
The object of this project will be to identify key technologies and innovations that have the greatest potential as well as to strengthen the UK’s response in the area.
ICE is joined in the initiative by other institutions and professional bodies including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology as well as the Engineering and Technology Board and the Royal Academy of Engineering.