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Issue 5 - Skills and Training

Measurement science plays a vital role across the major growth sectors of the UK economy. Many organisations are facing critical skills shortages, not only in measurement science, but also across the wider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The decline in measurement skills is partly caused by a lack of formal measurement training in academic and vocational qualifications, but is also due to the skilled population reaching retirement age. Together, these factors emphasise the increasing need for education and training providers to collaborate more widely to inspire the next generation of skilled workers into science careers, and provide new curricula and resources which are readily accessible to learners at all stages of their careers.

This edition of Insights looks at: ways to secure the skills pipeline; how to produce skills for an innovation driven economy; how behaviour impacts measurement; and increasing success of UK manufacturing by improving product verification capabilities

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