The UK has always been a global leader in the field of transportation. It is now time to be the global leader in Intelligent Mobility.
This leadership can only be delivered by people with the right skills and we must act now to develop capabilities in the UK workforce that will drive growth and secure a significant share of a global market in emerging transport technology – set to be worth £900 billion by 2025.
To this end, we are pleased to announce the publication of our Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy.
The launch of this Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy marks a critical milestone and is a call to action for government, academia and industry. The UK is strongly placed to win a significant share of this market through a number of unique strengths such as human machine interaction (HMI) and interaction design, localisation and mapping, analytics and simulation or realtime control.
However, a crucial element of success lies in the ability to build the intelligent mobility skills of the nation as this new market grows. We either close this gap quickly and acquire market leadership – or risk relegating ourselves to the pack for decades.
Key findings in the Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy:
• The UK faces a potential skills gap of 742,000 people by 2025.
• ‘Disruptive’ high value digital skills are in short supply.
• Transport industry experts strongly prefer higher degree apprenticeships.
• The potential lost opportunity cost to UK GDP is £50 billion per annum.
• An integrated range of interventions is needed to address the skills shortfall. The industry and research participants agreed that no single intervention will address the shortfall in IM skills.
• Proactive efforts need to be made to attract women to the industry.
• The UK can adopt rapid, novel, low cost international interventions.