Skills shortage

The Sector will highlight skills deficiencies and promote changes that The IET believe to hold the best prospect for advancing the engineering and technological skill base.

After years of inconsistent, poorly directed investment in our greatest resource 'people', we are reaching a critical point for vocational skills training linked to the engineering sector - especially design and production. Numerous studies and surveys have identified a significant and growing problem for UK manufacturers and the shortage of skills in engineering is becoming strategic, impacting upon our ability to compete as a nation in the global market.

The particular problems of skills provision in production and design reflect a wider problem with promotion of vocational careers to future generations and therefore the UK is not in a good position to grow the manufacturing sector. More training centres are needed that major in manufacturing related disciplines and are funded sufficiently well to switch or introduce new disciplines. The Sector will continue to highlight these deficiencies and promote changes that The IET believe to hold the best prospect for advancing the engineering and technological skill base.

Example Key Topic – Collaborative training/apprenticeships