Could baking and Bake Off help with engineering’s workforce crisis?


The clean energy transition, major infrastructure projects and emerging sectors like space are increasing demand for engineering skills. Some 50,000 to 100,000 engineers are needed by 2030, just as fewer students, particularly girls, are choosing to enter the profession. 

Could baking, and engineering contestants on shows like Bake Off and Baking Impossible, be key ingredients in helping to solve this workforce crisis?

Petra Stock is a science journalist at Cosmos Magazine. 

In this episode of COSMOS Insights she speaks with engineer and Great British Bake Off winner Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Engineers Australia’s Chief Engineer Jane MacMaster.

Read more: Kitchen engineering and the Great British Bake Off – innovative ways for kids to develop a taste for engineering

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