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Federation targets skills issue with new video

The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has released a new video aimed at attracting more young people into a career in geotechnics for both civil engineering graduates and non-graduates.

The FPS has said that it developed the careers video in recognition of the growing skills shortage within the geotechnical sector and construction sector as a whole and the impact this will have on future development projects, as well as the wider UK economy.

The video features a variety of “to-camera” interviews with a number of recent graduates and non-graduates who are now working in the some of the many roles available within the geotechnical engineering sector. As well as promoting the different roles available in the sector, the youngsters explain how the how rewarding their specific careers are, why they chose the geotechnical sector and the qualifications or career path they have followed.

“The skills shortage is a real problem for the construction sector and has to be addressed,” said FPS chairman Martin Blower. “The video is just one initiative the FPS has in place to help tackle this problem and it is designed to promote the sector to young people of all academic levels.

“The skills shortage is having an impact now and unless we - the entire construction sector – take steps to address it, then the situation will become critical. Properly qualified geotechnical engineers are just one small part of the construction sector, but vital to its success, and though the UK recently became the world’s fifth largest economy, we cannot find geotechnical engineers in large enough numbers to build the infrastructure that we will need to continue to grow. This trend must be reversed and quickly.

“By showcasing the wide variety of career opportunities in the geotechnical sector the film will hopefully inspire non-graduates, undergraduates and graduates a little and encourage them to find out more.”

The video is available on You Tube and the FPS has said that it can be used in presentations, careers fairs or by any academic institution offering courses in civil engineering or geotechnical engineering.

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