DETI partner GKN Aerospace launched their new ‘Global Technology Centre’ on 18th October with a conference titled – Shaping a Sustainable Future of Flight. UWE Bristol’s Head of Engineering, Design and Mathematics -Lisa Brodie – spoke on a panel discussing the skills shortage in engineering that needs to be addressed to enable the workforce to take on the technological challenges of aviation’s Net Zero 2050 targets.
Leading the Skills Development programme for Digital Engineering Technology Innovation (DETI) in the West of England, Lisa is passionate about investing in the skills needed to enable a green transition. And a key part of boosting engineering skills is enabling diverse people from different backgrounds to become engineers. Lisa highlighted the huge benefit a variety of perspectives can have when engineering solutions to global problems, like the Climate Emergency.
As such, Lisa is driving forward key research to ensure courses are ‘fit for purpose’ to build the workforce of the future. We’ll be updating you soon on the DETI Skills team’s research into enabling under-represented groups to enter and progress in engineering, and also on local research into the specific types of skills needed to reengineer our homes, energy systems etc – so watch this space!
GKN Aerospace supports the school outreach the DETI Inspire team (a branch of DETI Skills) is rolling out across the West of England to inspire children into engineering. For more details on the Global Technology Centre’s launch, please read: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2021-10-18/gkns-global-technology-center-aims-net-zero-carbon-goal