March 09, 2017

Tata holds panel discussion on Britain's engineering future following release of new report in the UK

London: Tata has held a panel discussion on Britain’s engineering future at the headquarters of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London. The panel, which was moderated Dr David Landsman OBE, executive director of Tata Limited, was made up of leading thinkers in UK engineering; Dr Colin Brown, engineering director at IMechE; Benita Mehra, president of Women’s Engineering Society; Jose Lopes, head of technical excellence at Jaguar Land Rover;  Dr David Clark, principal fellow at WMG and University of Warwick; and Gavin Lambert, director at Advanced Manufacturing Business and Science Group, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

With consultation underway on the government’s new Industrial Strategy, the event was a timely opportunity to explore the value of engineering to Britain’s society and future prosperity.  Opening the discussion, David Landsman remarked that “the desire of industry, education and government to work together shows that it couldn’t be more important for the UK.”  

In front of a packed room with a wide breadth of stakeholders and influencers with an interest in UK engineering, the panel had a lively debate around the four themes covered by Tata's survey which was sent to over 150,000 of the Institution's members: opportunities for growth; addressing engineering's perception problem; upskilling and lifelong learning; and learnings from international competitors. After the discussion, the audience was given the opportunity to ask the panel their own questions where a number of issues, including teacher training, access to apprenticeships, the consolidation of existing initiatives and the importance of role models, were discussed.

Read Tata’s Insights Report on the findings and watch the video featuring young engineers talking about their experiences of the profession (and the misconceptions that surround it) here.

Please also click here to view Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images that aim create a more realistic portrayal of women in engineering.