As the dust settles on Singapore’s F1 racetrack, some of the UK’s most talented and enthusiastic young engineers are now back in the classroom after competing on a world stage. The F1 in Schools World Finals, held this year in Singapore, gave teams of UK students the chance to design, test, manufacture and race a scale model Formula 1 car against teams from all over the world. It’s a fantastic competition, offering a unique insight and inspiring hands-on experiences to all young people taking part.
EAL’s managing director Julia Chippendale reviews the latest reports on the skills gaps in the engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sectors and suggests the focus for action needed to secure the future skills pipeline.
The new government must be commended for their commitment to delivering record numbers of apprenticeships to help secure our skills pipeline, but as EAL Chairman John Hillier pointed out in his guest blog, quantity must be matched with quality. EAL is known for high-quality qualifications, designed to meet industry needs. We believe that our qualifications are essential for creating a skilled workforce for the future and ensuring that employers have the skills pool they need.
Apprenticeships in the UK will now be viewed in the same light as degrees following an announcement from the government this week.
After years of reports, promises and general goodwill, we are finally seeing concrete actions that will improve the image of apprenticeships and ensure they continue to be a valuable option for young people.
The future of our country’s workforce – nearly a million pupils – have been making decisions about their future after picking up their GCSE and A Level results. For these young people, the employment landscape looks bleak. However, the education prospects are bright and varied – with sixth form, college, Apprenticeships, university or other vocational qualifications as available options.
I am excited to announce that EAL is launching qualifications in the rail industry. With government looking to invest £30-50bn into the rail network over the next ten years, it is time to boost the industry’s skills, and this is where we come in.