A cry for a new wave of engineers has been issued by construction and civil engineering company, Costain.

The UK has been promised a collection of new roads, runways and railways but the Skills: Meeting Demand Report from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Costain has called for a “recruitment revolution” to avoid a skills gap.

As a result of the government’s new investments in infrastructure, the report claims that there is a huge opportunity to expand the UK’s engineering talent pool.

Infrastructure managing director at Costain, Darren James said: “We can meet any challenge thrown at us, but in order to do so, we need to think laterally about how, who and where we recruit.

“This could be transformative for the industry,” he continued.

The call comes after inventor, Sir James Dyson, announced last month that he is to open the Dyson Institute of Technology, an engineer’s training institution, in autumn 2017.

“The new degree course will offer academic theory, a real-world job salary and access to experts in their field,” said Sir James.

The reason for the opening of the institute, he claims, is that there has been a “lack of understanding of the scale of the demand for skilled staff and the intensity of international competition.”

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