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Power to the next generation

The last few weeks have been a firm reminder of the excitement and interest that engineering can bring to your career and highlighted exactly why we have plenty to promote it to the next generation.

During the research for features in this issue I had the chance to visit the Battersea Power Station site and discuss the infamous scour feature that lies beneath it.

As a child I remember a Blue Peter competition to design a ride for the theme park that was planned for the site in the 1980s and my husband commented that the site is still an amusement park for me. And he was not wrong – I really enjoyed the chance to visit the iconic site and find out more and share with you details of the engineering challenges it presents for redevelopment.

Judging for the upcoming GE Next Generation Awards was another reminder of the exciting opportunities this industry offers. Over two days our judging panels grilled our shortlisted candidates in order to select a winner in each of the seven categories. Go to bit.ly/NextGenShortlist to find out who made the shortlist and will be in the running to be announced as a winner at the awards on 19 November.

I sat in on two of the judging panels and the enthusiasm of the finalists I saw presenting was infectious. I was delighted to hear how many of our shortlist are channelling this into STEM projects and working hard to encourage future generations to enter the engineering profession.

While the benefits of these efforts will not be felt for many years yet, the good news for the industry today is the high standard of the candidates that the judges had to deliberate between. None of the decisions were easily reached, plus there were a number of very talented individuals who did not make the shortlist due to the large number of entries this year.

While skills shortages may be an issue at the moment, there is no doubt that there is not a shortage of talent among the current crop of young engineers. 

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