29
Oct

What skills shortage? Sprint Power attracts top talent in race to develop the next generation of low carbon technologies

We recently celebrated Sprint Power’s first year anniversary. It’s been an extremely busy year, in which we’ve moved into advanced purpose-built engineering facilities in Birmingham. Our vision to become a world leader in electrification and low carbon technology is backed up by a highly experienced team who’ve already delivered over 150 projects for OEMs, Tier 1’s and specialist engineering businesses. We have the capability to design, develop and produce advanced electrified powertrains, architectures, batteries, control systems and power electronics systems to meet the demands of the current electric revolution.

With a long-term investment plan in place, our aim is to build an international presence with established core pillars in technology, products and engineering services. Our rapid plans for growth include the hiring of up to 100 engineers over our first 18 months in business. While some companies have found finding people with the right skillsets in power electronics and battery development a big challenge, we have welcomed the arrival of over 50 highly experienced engineers over the past year, with further due in the new year.

We are working alongside a number of universities including Warwick and Nottingham to ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills for each of Sprint Power’s tech specialisms. Included is a government funded project aimed at accelerating the development of wireless charging solutions. Away from universities, we welcome the planned overhaul of technical education with the introduction of T-Levels to ensure businesses like ours have access to people with the right skills suitable for today’s electric revolution.

A recent government study found that, for the wider engineering sector to gain enough candidates to reduce the skills shortage, 186,000 skilled engineers would need to be recruited each year until 2024. Meanwhile, the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) has stated that 62% of engineering employers questioned raised concerns that current graduates don’t have the necessary skills to support the industry’s requirements.

While these figures are concerning, Sprint Power is in the enviable position of investing in the most interesting and worthwhile low carbon projects that aim to shape the future of mobility. Inspired by Silicon Valley, I see us as a fun engineering playground, where our engineers can drive innovations that can really take the industry forward. I see this as a key reason why we are attracting top talent from OEMs; many of which have become tired of working in an overly corporate world. They want to make a real difference in a fantastic and engaging working environment, where staff all collaborate to exceed client expectations. I look forward to welcoming even more talent in the months and years ahead.