It's well known that people are the most important part of any business, and it is also recognised that there is a general lack of suitably trained people to meet current industrial demands as well as future needs. Apprentice schemes are covering some of these gaps as are other vocational and workplace training schemes, but is it enough?
The government paper 'Higher technical education: the current system and the case for change' (DfE-00143-2019) includes within it's conclusions that "There is currently no national assurance that every higher technical qualification is meeting employer needs. Low awareness of Level 4–5; a lack of clear information available to students, providers and employers; and the cultural bias towards degrees, means that many young people perceive that undergraduate degrees at Level 6 provide better value in the labour market and are more widely recognised by employers. This is despite evidence that Level 4–5 qualifications can improve earning potential and employability by providing good progression routes and cheaper tertiary education choices." Level 4–5 training is between A Levels and Bachelors degrees.
So how can we find the right training for our staff and how can we ensure that the skills that we have within our teams are maintained and passed on to other members of our teams?
Two key themes regarding the future of manufacturing are access to appropriate technology and how to develop a team with the appropriate skills to meet the current and future needs of the business - including team members who have grown up with advanced technology and want to use it to drive innovation and product ability improvements within businesses. Hear from a range of speakers about how they have addressed the skills challenge and from a range of skills/training providers and how they can help.
*** Speakers to be announced ***
Complimentary food and drink will be available on the evening and free parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 17:15 hrs.
Lab tours for the evening will commence at 16:30 hrs and will include either a tour of Make UK OR a training taster session delivered by the NPL Training team.
This event is free to attend, but registration is essential.
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