The ICE joined forces with the Aldersgate Group last week to host a high level roundtable discussion on how the UK workforce can deliver the skills for a low carbon economy.
There is a significant shortage in many essential skill areas relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
These skills are vital for making the transition to a low carbon economy and maximising the economic benefits of the move. Addressing the skills gap is a key government objective and one that the ICE is playing an active role in.
“Civil engineering encompasses such a vast array of skills that are crucial to this debate.”
Tom Foulkes, ICE
“Civil engineering encompasses such a vast array of skills that are crucial to this debate. It is vital that the needs and concerns of civil engineers are communicated and considered as plans progress to address the skills gap,” said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.
The ICE is a key player in the Aldersgate Group’s current initiative, which is to make policy recommendations for a more urgent and wide ranging approach to the skills gap.
The roundtable meeting, held at One Great George Street, played an important part in the initiative, bringing together a number of experts in the skills field from business, trade unions and skills bodies to share knowledge and help form the most workable and effective policy recommendations.
Taking things forward
Foulkes added: “The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy is a positive step and sets out some of the main challenges in this area, but it falls short when it comes to a policy framework that matches the ambition of the plan. Some joint thinking on the issue will really take things forward.”
The Aldersgate Group is a coalition championing smarter environmental regulation that leads to healthy economic growth and jobs.
The key policy recommendations will be presented to the government, shadow ministers, key decision makers and cross party MPs in the autumn.