BAE Systems is proud to be a founding donor of the Prize. Dick Olver, Chairman, said: 'The UK workforce requires specialised engineering skills, particularly in high-tech sectors, to drive innovation and deliver growth. I very much hope the Queen Elizabeth prize is a catalyst to do just that.' Today the Daily Telegraph on-line has published an opinion piece on engineering by Dick.
Lord Browne of Madingley, the Chair of Trustees for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering said: “Today is an auspicious day for engineering. The winners are being recognised at the highest level for their world-changing achievements, and they should be held up as role models for what young people can achieve with a career in engineering.”
“Engineering is one of the UK’s highest paid professions, and it is the foundation of economic growth. Yet 9 out of 10 young people give up maths and sciences at the age of 16, depriving themselves and society of the benefits that a career in engineering brings.”
“A solution to this shortage of engineers is within our grasp. UK universities offer world-class engineering courses, with the capacity to accept many more students. And thanks to the Queen Elizabeth Prize, engineering is experiencing a renaissance in public life. Today, engineering will receive the recognition that it so richly deserves, and I hope that this historic occasion will inspire young people to become the engineers of tomorrow.”