The UK’s manufacturing economy has been the envy of the world for centuries, having created the technical innovations that triggered the industrial revolution.
However, the world is now a very different place; long gone is the focus on iron, steel production and ship building. The future of Britain’s manufacturing is now about how we utilise design and scientific knowledge to create innovative and efficient solutions.
In order to stay at the pinnacle of Advanced Manufacturing, significant investments in highly specialised skills need to be made. The manufacturing sector today employs nearly 10% of the UK workforce, that’s almost 3 million people, however according to a 2017 study commissioned by The Engineer, two thirds of UK manufacturers are worried about the future availability of skilled staff for their business.
In an effort to reduce the skills gap, the Government has committed to an additional 3 million apprentices across England by 2020. Through the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the government aims to support businesses and equip young people with the relevant skills the industry needs.
How iMET can make a difference
iMET is working with the manufacturing industry in the East of England to develop and deliver apprenticeships and short courses tailored specifically to the manufacturing sector.
Focused initially on the key specialisms in the local area; particularly Composites and Precision Engineering, iMET is equipped with the latest industry standard equipment to provide first class industry appropriate training.
iMET working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Regional College and Peterborough Regional College provides access to a range of apprenticeships to serve all levels of the manufacturing industry.
Encouraging young people into Manufacturing careers
Encouraging young workers into the manufacturing industry has been a growing challenge, with employers facing strong competition from other sectors; Only 6% of engineering graduates enter the manufacturing Industry (cited by HESA)
To address this, iMET will be actively engaging schools and colleges and linking them with local businesses to help educate pupils, parents and teachers about the opportunities for a career in Manufacturing
Shaping the Future of Training
We are establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee, which will focus on providing direction for our curriculum development.
We’re also working closely with local businesses to understand your specific training needs and partner with you to develop tailored training programs. If you would like the opportunity to get involved and help shape the future of Advanced Manufacturing and next generation of talent, please get in touch.