Fellow rallies young engineers

A 31 year old engineer from Cardiff has become the youngest to become a Fellow, the highest level of professional recognition from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Richard Sibbick broke a 161-year record to become Britain’s youngest iMechE Fellow, and is calling upon thousands of young people to join the profession and crack the skills shortage.

He said: ‘This is a real honour, but I am also extremely concerned about the lack of young people in the UK choosing to become engineers, during a time when we need them most.

‘The average age of professional engineers is 58. The UK engineering industry is already struggling with a skills shortage and in ten years time when many engineers enter retirement, the problem is only going to get worse.

‘If we want to build nuclear power stations, drive hydrogen cars or solve climate change then we need young people to study maths, physics and science so they can join this profession.’

Sibbick, who works as a supply chain leader at Dow Corning Active Protection System, said it had taken him about six months to complete the process to become a Fellow, which includes holding a senior position, demonstrating leadership and specialist knowledge in engineering.