Image of 2015 finalists, sponsors and presidents.
At times of economic uncertainty, it can be tempting to pull back on investment in recruitment and training and, while that is never a wise move, it would be more damaging than ever in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The country already suffers from a significant shortfall in the numbers of young people coming into engineering and we must tackle this problem if we are going to be able to fuel future economic growth.
Our engineering institutions estimate that we need to recruit 182,000 workers with engineering skills annually until 2022 – and we are currently missing that target by 69,000 every year.
That is why the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards are so important. By showcasing out best new talent, the awards highlight what a building services engineering career has to offer to potential entrants. It is a source of considerable pride to everyone at Ruskin that we have been sponsoring these awards for five years now, but we recognise there is so much more still to do.
We commend the Class of 2016; thank them and their employers for their vital contribution to our sector; and look forward to working with them and the Institutions to replicate this success many times over.