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Video | Young people encouraged to consider geotechnical careers

The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has released a video promoting careers in geotechnical engineering.

The short video features recent graduates and non-graduates who are now working within the geotechnical engineering sector.

As well as promoting the different roles available in the sector, the engineers explain how rewarding their specific careers are, why they chose the geotechnical sector and the qualifications or career path they followed.

Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) chairman, Martin Blower, said: “The skills shortage is a real problem for the construction sector and has to be addressed. The video is just one initiative we have in place to help tackle this problem and it is designed to promote the sector to young people of all academic levels.

“The skills shortage is having an impact now and unless we - the entire construction sector – take steps to address it, then the situation will become critical. Properly qualified geotechnical engineers are just one small part of the construction sector, but vital to its success, and though the UK recently became the world’s fifth largest economy, we cannot find geotechnical engineers in large enough numbers to build the infrastructure that we will need to continue to grow. This trend must be reversed and quickly.”

The video is available for use in presentations, careers fairs, and academic institutions offering courses in civil engineering or geotechnical engineering.

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