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Manufacturing skills for the future - new report calls for a collaborative approach

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Daniel Kirmatzis

A new report released this week by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult,  National Physical Laboratory, TWI and partners Manufacturing the Future Workforce recommends a collaborative approach between Centres of Innovation, education, government and industry to prepare the UK's manufacturing workforce for the future.

The recommendations for developing a workforce fit for the future was based on assessing examples of good practice in several countries, including Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.

The authors warn that firms will fail to succeed in challenging markets without changes to the ways in which the UK currently approaches workforce development. It proposes establishing an 'Effective Skills Value Chain for Manufacturing' to 'to link current and future initiatives and activities that individually address a specific need but that collectively generate a strategic and system-level response and outputs'.

Share your thoughts on the UK's future skills challenges here on the Community. What has worked in your region and for your business?

 

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Roy Haworth

I  have got involved in the last few years with The Careers and Enterprise Company scheme called Enterprise Advisors. I provide industry advice into a Multi Academy trust about their careers policy and strategy and help them deliver better careers advice, information and integrate it into the curriculum. It is worth a look as it has given me a great insight into how schools operate and how industry can best help them.

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Daniel Kirmatzis

Hi @Roy Haworth

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. It would be interesting to see how this scheme could be integrated into a 'skills value chain' as the report calls for. The adviser role sounds a great initiative and for others interested here is a link Volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser.

Have you found schools receptive to the voice of industry? 

Best regards,

Daniel.

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Roy Haworth

@Daniel Kirmatzis,

Yes most schools are recognising what they need to do to achieve Gatsby Benchmarks that are becoming part of the Ofsted inspection system. But they often struggle on how to make the right kind of changes and that is where business can help. One point to note is that this scheme only works at present in England.

Regards

Roy

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Graham Cooper

Here in Leeds a group of Manufacturing employers, the local Chamber of Commerce', Leeds University and the Baker Dearing Trust got together to get the opening of a new school approved and carried out. UTC (University Technical College) Leeds was the result which opened in 2016. This school teaches a curriculum designed by local employers and the University and the students are in high demand. For the last 2 years running students leaving the UTC are 100% going into Employment, Further education or Training (apprenticeships) ie 0% NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). The average school in the UK has 8% NEETS every year.

However, the above success does not even scratch the surface of the demand for young people entering Manufacturing in the city and so in 2018 we launched through the Chamber of Commerce the Leeds Manufacturing Festival (LMF). Via school careers panels, school visits, factory visits and attendance at general careers events, in 2019 the manufacturers involved (45 Leeds companies last year) interacted with almost 60% of the secondary schools in Leeds reaching around 6,900 students making them aware of the varied careers in Manufacturing.

This will carry on this year, and yesterday evening 11 manufacturing companies manned a large LMF stand at Leeds Apprentice Recruitment Fair where 6,000 young people came along to see the varied career opportunities available in the city. 

The message here for Manufacturers is don't sit back and wring your hands wailing about the skills gap and the way schools don't prepare young people for the world of work, get out there and make a difference.

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Daniel Kirmatzis

Hi @Graham Cooper

It sounds like manufacturers in Leeds are doing great things to get young people into the industry. Collaboration between the various groups is fantastic to see and exactly what is needed on a wider scale. Achieving 0% NEETs from UTC is a great achievement. 

The LMF also seems to be a real driver for change and it's great to here manufacturers coming together to inspire those 6,000 young people. The more of this the better and as you say all manufacturers need to heed the motto 'make a difference'.

Many thanks for these insights.

Best regards,

Daniel.

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Tim Brown

I haven't heard of this group before but just came across https://www.etrust.org.uk/ but it looks like it works with manufacturers to increase interest/awareness of STEM subjects. 

On its website it says: "Our aim is to increase interest in STE(A)M careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) through a variety of engaging and dynamic programmes for ages 9-21 that replicate experiences found in the workplace."

Might be worth looking into for any companies looking to get more involved in developing early interest in STEM.

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Roy Haworth
On 2/4/2020 at 12:12 PM, Graham Cooper said:

Here in Leeds a group of Manufacturing employers, the local Chamber of Commerce', Leeds University and the Baker Dearing Trust got together to get the opening of a new school approved and carried out. UTC (University Technical College) Leeds was the result which opened in 2016. This school teaches a curriculum designed by local employers and the University and the students are in high demand. For the last 2 years running students leaving the UTC are 100% going into Employment, Further education or Training (apprenticeships) ie 0% NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training). The average school in the UK has 8% NEETS every year.

However, the above success does not even scratch the surface of the demand for young people entering Manufacturing in the city and so in 2018 we launched through the Chamber of Commerce the Leeds Manufacturing Festival (LMF). Via school careers panels, school visits, factory visits and attendance at general careers events, in 2019 the manufacturers involved (45 Leeds companies last year) interacted with almost 60% of the secondary schools in Leeds reaching around 6,900 students making them aware of the varied careers in Manufacturing.

This will carry on this year, and yesterday evening 11 manufacturing companies manned a large LMF stand at Leeds Apprentice Recruitment Fair where 6,000 young people came along to see the varied career opportunities available in the city. 

The message here for Manufacturers is don't sit back and wring your hands wailing about the skills gap and the way schools don't prepare young people for the world of work, get out there and make a difference.

Graham, sounds very much like our experience with UTC Portsmouth which opened 2017 and its first cohort leaving last year were all heading off to work, apprenticeships or Universities. We are looking to build some local collaboration through the Portsmouth Advanced Manufacturing And Engineering Cluster #pamaec. We are only just getting going but skills are high on the agenda.

I agree the only way is to roll up sleeves and get working on the subject.

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