Drives & Controls April 2024

n NEWS ENGINUITY, A CHARITY whose mission is to nd new ways of closing the UK’s engineering and manufacturing skills gap, has published a roadmap aimed at securing the future of the sector. It is calling on employers, training providers, and policymakers to work together on ve key priorities for building and maintaining a skilled workforce for the future. The publication, called Enginuity Skills Action Plan for the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector – A Manifesto for Change, also o€ers a roadmap for the engineering and manufacturing workforce to adapt to the demands of new technologies and the transition to net-zero. The Action Plan’s ve key priorities are: nUpskilling and reskilling Identifying key transferable skills and working with educational institutions, training providers, and SMEs to support learners in attaining them, helping the sector to keep pace with change. nAttracting people to engineering and manufacturing Working to improve the sector’s image among young people and to increase diversity in recruitment, thus alleviating the estimated 173,000 shortfall in workers expected to a€ect the UK’s STEM sector in the coming ve years. nFlexible and responsive quali cation and learning systems Ensuring that training is standardised, relevant and adequately funded, giving the next generation of recruits the skills they need for the future. nA robust and cohesive evidence base Working with Enginuity to collect and use training and skills data, helping the sector to make more informed decisions and to determine the success of interventions. nFunding systems Ensuring that the Apprenticeship Levy and post-16 funding are used optimally, while improving accessibility for employers and training providers, and building a responsive, ”exible and transparent funding system. “Now is the time to act,” warns Dame Judith Hackitt, who chairs the Enginuity Group. “If we do nothing, the sector will survive, but it will fail to thrive, and we will fail in our endeavour to be a leading global player in engineering and manufacturing. “The engineering and manufacturing sector is staring in the face of enormous challenges and fantastic opportunities,”adds Enginuity CEO, Ann Watson. “In order to meet them head-on, we need employers, training centres, educational institutions, and policymakers to work together. If we act now, we can prepare the existing workforce and attract a whole new generation of engineering talent.” Roadmap aims to secure future of UK engineering and manufacturing Enginuity chair Dame Judith Hackitt: Now is the time to act