Over 7 in 10 engineering employers in the UK do not have the skills needed to be resilient to climate change, survey finds

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11th February 2024 16:54 - Engineering

Over 7 in 10 engineering employers in the UK do not have the skills needed to be resilient to climate change: A new survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has found that over 7 in 10 (77%) UK engineering employers don’t have the skills needed to be resilient to climate change, with 65% of workers at UK firms worried about the impact climate change may have on their organization.

The international survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of IET, spoke to 2142 engineering employers across the UK, the US, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Egypt, Germany, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Sustainability Strategy:

When asked about sustainability strategies, a third of UK employers have a strategy which includes plans to make their company net-zero. However, most employers say they lack specialist sustainability skills, knowledge and the right mindsets. Amongst the engineering firms that claim to have a strategy, 76% require additional skills to implement it.

The United Kingdom was the country with the highest percentage of firms without a sustainability strategy (25%), compared to 98% of Chinese firms which have one in place.

Further findings highlighted that 63% of UK respondents said the education system doesn’t prepare university graduates well for the engineering industry, with 44% suggesting this can be tackled by offering more industry placement opportunities. Over a third (34%) think more industry-targeted projects will help prepare future graduates better.

In addition, UK firms were revealed as the least likely to offer training in new and advancing technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and simulation, with only 15% of UK companies offering this type of training.



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