Industry urges Treasury to invest in skills

The Chancellor has been urged to invest in industry skills and adopt a plan backed by the CIPHE.

The National Engineering Policy Centre submission to the Treasury for the Comprehensive Spending Review, agreed by 43 sector bodies including the CIPHE, said the government must invest in engineering skills if it wants to meet emissions targets and create jobs. It set out a four-point plan for the government to prioritise retrofit and refurbishment, fund up-skilling for people already in the industry, invest in research and green-light high quality infrastructure projects.

“Investing in the engineering actions we set out will result in progress for all of the priorities of the Spending Review,” the submission said.

Other supporters included the Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President, said: “It is a crucial time for government to take practical actions to help the economy recover while addressing inequalities and reducing our carbon emissions.”

The lobbying is part of a change by the Institute to a yearly manifesto to influence ministers, industry and the public.

CIPHE chief executive officer, Kevin Wellman, said: “The Spending Review is an opportunity to make changes at a time when people need help. This will create more jobs and prosperity.”

A copy of the spending review submission and the letter co-signed by the CIPHE are available here


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