With respondents across ten countries, the IET Green Skills Survey highlights the most vital skills needed by engineers in the fight against climate change and how engineering employers think they are currently performing in areas such as agility and resilience. It also examines the pipeline of skills coming through new entrants to industry and the areas of technology considered most important to meet net zero targets in each country.
This builds on the work the IET has done in the UAE and Oman, with previous regional skills surveys looking at the state of engineering skills in the region. Similar findings show that leadership and problem solving are skills that many engineering employers value but that can be missing in key areas of the business.
The survey’s global reach is broken down into the regions of Europe, MENA, APAC, and the Americas, facilitating insight into specific regions as well as demonstrating global parallels where skills gaps are felt most keenly everywhere.
The IET will bring the skills needs of engineers fighting climate change to industry leaders from around the globe, as the world descends on Dubai for the annual climate conference. To ensure the launch is fully accessible to industry, academia, and governments, it will take place outside the blue zone in Dubai. The event is designed to encourage discourse on the findings within local industry and pave the way for greater discussions, both in the UAE and wider arena, to help find ways to close skills gaps and ease the path to net zero for engineering organisations.
Hosted by Dr Gopichand Katragadda, IET President, the event will take the form of a panel discussion, with representatives from key industry organisations and academia. There will be a Q&A from the audience and media representatives and Dr Katragadda will be available for interview.
The survey results will launch globally on Friday, 8th December, to coincide with the COP28 Youth, Education and Skills thematic day and an official side event within the blue zone, co-hosted by the IET, IEEE, UNSDSN and Student Energy organisations