With today kicking off Tomorrow’s Engineers week, we wanted to focus on what projects are on the horizon for the next generation of engineering talent. Back in March 2017, The National Infrastructure and Construction pipeline set out 700 projects and programmes with over £500bn of planned public and private investment infrastructure.
Here’s what’s on offer…
HS2 is a high-speed railway and the biggest project of its kind in the country. The first phase (London to Birmingham) should be well underway in the next few years with phase two planned for 2027. The second Y-shaped phase of HS2 into Yorkshire, the North West and beyond is due to be completed by 2032. With rail personnel being highly sought after to fulfil roles across all divisions, popular roles will include geotechnical engineers, project directors and quality managers. The beauty of HS2 is that the project will generate a diverse range of job opportunities. From management to marketing, jobs will be available to those who don’t necessarily have experience in the rail sector.
Elsewhere in the north, Moorside Nuclear Power Station is a proposal to build three AP1000 nuclear reactors on a site near Sellafield in Cumbria, with the station ideally coming online from 2024. It’s said that Moorside will operate for around 60 years providing 21,000 jobs over the lifetime of the project and 1,000 permanent jobs during operation. Therefore, roles required will range from the construction period right through to operation.
Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear new build in the UK in 30 years will create over 25,000 skilled jobs and aims to provide 7% of the country’s electricity needs over 60 years. Although construction is starting over the next few years, it is scheduled to begin output in 2025 meaning there will be roles during its operation in ten years’ time. There’s no doubt it will require nuclear skills such as civil engineers and nuclear safety case engineers as well as subject matter experts like safety and risk managers and multi-discipline layout engineers.
Alongside the decommissioning of Sizewell B in 2035, there are already plans in place for another new nuclear plant Sizewell C that together with Hinkley, will contribute 13% of the UK’s electricity in the early 2020s. Approximately 25,000 roles would be created during the construction period as well as a long term legacy of 900 new jobs once the station is operational.
Now to the capital, there’s New Tube for London (NTfL), a programme that would introduce 250 new trains and signalling on several London Underground deep-tube lines between 2021 and 2033. Therefore, there will be a high demand for workers during construction and so a variety of roles will be available. To see what’s on offer currently for rail in London, click here.
Let’s not forget the Crossrail project, Europe’s biggest civil construction project today. It’s building the Elizabeth line to link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London, increasing London’s rail capacity. However, this will be fully open in 2019 but with its completion comes an idea for Crossrail 2 – a major new tunnel across London from Wimbledon to Alexandra Palace, with an option to connect to existing rail networks between south west and north east London. Like the sound of these projects, but need more hands-on experience? why not apply for an apprenticeship – here’s our list of the best rail engineering apprenticeships.
Our operations director, Adrian Adair, highlights the importance of engaging the next generation of engineering talent, to fill the skills gap and diversify the workforce:
‘With over 46 years of experience in the engineering industry, at Morson we’re passionate about the next generation particularly with regards in getting girls into engineering. Our Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarship with the University of Salford and the work we’re doing with Girls’ Network are just some of the ways that we’re helping to inspire the next generation of female engineers.
Around half of all female engineers enter the industry through a family connection, highlighting the importance of role models within the sector and we’re inviting MPs, universities and other education providers to work alongside us and overcome the lack of female representation in technical sectors.
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