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ICE SKILLS 2015

INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS SKILLS REPORT 2015 Perspectives on capability and capacity: key risks and opportunities

Green economy

01 Introduction Nathan Baker

ICE Skills 2015 is the first major event organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) focused specifically on the capacity and capability of the civil engineer sector. It’s a gathering that reflects the ICE’s continued commitment to help our members future proof their skillset. Over the last year ICE’s Learned Society, notably our Capacity Building Panel has devoted many hours to working with government, clients and other stakeholders to reflect on the key risks and opportunities facing engineering from a capability and capacity perspective. This document showcases the results of this continuing work. The paper gives a comprehensive outline of the skills challenges that will affect the industry up to 2025 and offers some suggestions as to how they might be addressed. I wholeheartedly welcome the panel’s work in this area. It is crucial for civil engineers to take control of their own careers and development in emerging knowledge areas such as collaborative working, quality management, BIM and the low carbon agenda.

The future of our profession is characterized by complexity and rapidly changing skill requirements. In order to make the most of new opportunities whatever and wherever they maybe, today’s engineers need to be flexible with a lifelong ability to learn. In this report, the panel makes a number of recommendations which ICE are committed to taking forward in 2015 and 2016. We will continue our thought leadership in this area by working with other professional institutions to ensure optimum delivery of skills for the best interests of both industry and society. If you would like to be involved in any of this activity please contact me or my colleague Rob Curd: [email protected] Finally, some notes of thanks. We are particularly indebted to Professor Denise Bower, who drafted the final version of the paper. I would like to thank our report sponsors, partners and the Capacity Building Panel for their contributions.

Working on your own individual skills is as important as working for your organisation. Institution of Civil Engineers Skills Report 2015

Institution of Civil Engineers Skills Report 2015

ICE SKILLS 2015

ICE SKILLS 2015

Nathan Baker Director, Engineering Knowledge Institution of Civil Engineers

Green economy

01 Introduction Nathan Baker

ICE Skills 2015 is the first major event organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) focused specifically on the capacity and capability of the civil engineer sector. It’s a gathering that reflects the ICE’s continued commitment to help our members future proof their skillset. Over the last year ICE’s Learned Society, notably our Capacity Building Panel has devoted many hours to working with government, clients and other stakeholders to reflect on the key risks and opportunities facing engineering from a capability and capacity perspective. This document showcases the results of this continuing work. The paper gives a comprehensive outline of the skills challenges that will affect the industry up to 2025 and offers some suggestions as to how they might be addressed. I wholeheartedly welcome the panel’s work in this area. It is crucial for civil engineers to take control of their own careers and development in emerging knowledge areas such as collaborative working, quality management, BIM and the low carbon agenda.

The future of our profession is characterized by complexity and rapidly changing skill requirements. In order to make the most of new opportunities whatever and wherever they maybe, today’s engineers need to be flexible with a lifelong ability to learn. In this report, the panel makes a number of recommendations which ICE are committed to taking forward in 2015 and 2016. We will continue