Aerospace is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious sectors within the field of engineering, as well as one of the highest paid. As a result, competition for top aerospace jobs is often high, but the recent Global Aerospace Outlook 2013 report has indicated that there is likely to be a wealth of opportunities presenting themselves over the next 10 years.
The report, which provides plenty of insight into the aerospace industry around the globe, was presented at the third annual International Aerospace Xchange event by ADS Group and UK Trade & Investment. Second to the United States, the UK currently has the largest aerospace sector in the world. This puts UK engineers in a strong position to play an important part in the development of the 27,000 new large civil airliners that will be required by 2030.
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The Global Aerospace Outlook 2013 report sought to highlight the importance of a recently announced £2 billion government fund which will go towards the creation of an Aerospace Technology Institute. The institute will encourage industry academia to collaborate in developing cutting-edge aerospace engineering technology. It will also aim to ensure that investments made at the research and development stages of the engineering process contribute towards the UK’s ability to secure future aircraft programmes – of which there are expected to be an increased number over the coming years.
This sizeable investment is currently predicted to create up to 115,000 jobs within the aerospace sector and its supply chain, indicating that the industry is very much thriving within the UK. Chief executive of aerospace trade organisation ADS Group, Paul Everitt, went on to confirm this, stating that, “The joint commitment by Government and industry to support priority technologies signals the UK’s determination to retain its world-leading position and be at the forefront of aviation growth in Europe and elsewhere.”
A number of these newly created roles are expected to originate as the result of a shift in focus within the aerospace industry itself. Over the coming years, greater emphasis will be placed upon minimising any negative impact on the environment, including fuel emissions and noise pollution. Industry alliance, Sustainable Aviation, which aims to promote cleaner and quieter flying, has developed a new noise road-map which was also recently unveiled. The map predicts that UK aviation noise output will be significantly reduced by 2050 – despite the forecast for an increased number of flights – by utilising the latest aircraft innovations, engine technology and operational advancements, amongst other pioneering engineering developments.
In addition, the Aerospace Growth Partnership has identified several key areas of UK strengths, which are likely to be the targets of substantial investments over the coming years. Not only is this sure to make certain that the UK retains its status as an industry leader, but it will also pave the way for a plethora of engineering developments and a significant increase in the number of opportunities within the aerospace sector.
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