As we plan for a fully electric future the need to create a dynamic and diverse pool of talent to realise the UK’s ambitions in the global race to find pioneering solutions has never been more pressing. Battery technology is advancing rapidly along with the skills needed to take it from the scientific research stage through to commercialisation and scale-up.

“Diversifying and widening routes into R&D and inspiring people from all backgrounds to consider these careers are critical…”

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2022)

Diversity in STEM

0%

of chemistry professors in UK academia are Black.

Missing Elements, Royal Society of Chemistry

1.4%

of postgraduate chemistry students are Black.

Missing Elements, Royal Society of Chemistry

3.8%

of STEM academic staff report having a disability compared to 15.5% of STEM students.

Advanced HE.

9%

of chemistry professors are women.

Breaking The Barriers, Royal Society of Chemistry

23%

of A-level physics students are girls.

Institute of Physics.

27%

of the core STEM workforce is made up of women.

WISE 2022 workforce statistics.

28%

of LGBT+ scientists have considered leaving their workplace because of the climate or discrimination towards LGBT+ people.

Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ Physical Scientists

Demand for STEM talent

125,000

STEM job vacancies in professional scientific and technical activities between September and November 2022 (compared to 44,000 for the same quarter a decade earlier)

Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

150,000

additional researchers and technicians needed by 2030 to sustain the UK’s target of 2.4% R&D intensity.

Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

270,000

jobs in the UK automotive and battery industry by 2040.

The Faraday Institution: UK EV and Battery Production Potential to 2040.

24%

of STEM graduates are known to be working in a STEM occupation six months later.

National Audit Office.

The Faraday Institution is actively investing in a high-quality portfolio of talent development initiatives to inspire, attract and equip individuals to pursue and thrive in battery related careers in the UK. This includes researcher professional development, a bespoke PhD training programme, undergraduate attraction initiatives and internships as well as STEM outreach to inspire young people.