Although it's difficult to clearly pinpoint who said it first, the phrase 'nation of shopkeepers' is a term most of us are familiar with. First used to describe the UK economy around 1794, the phrase made reference to the UK being a commercial power, built on the day-to-day running of small and large businesses prior to the era of industrialisation.
The future of recruitment is a hot topic for discussion. Particularly when it comes to the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. UK government statistics reveal that engineering contributes to 26% of the UK GDP (more than that of retail, wholesale, financial and insurance sectors combined). With figures like that it's easy to see that now, more than ever before, it's imperative that we have the right people, with the right skills, in the right job, at the right time.
So how can the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector recruitment process be simplified?
One strong contender for the solution is Engineering Talent.
When it comes to celebrating and showcasing the best talent in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector there is really only one night you cannot afford to miss: the annual Semta Skills Awards. Hailed as the most prestigious event in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector calendar, the festivities take time to award the best in UK talent.
Since their launch in 2014, the awards have always been purposeful in bringing to the forefront, the talented individuals and companies that make the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector one of the jewels in the crown of the UK economy.
It's easy to take having a voice for granted. Having your views and opinions heard and considered. Sadly, for many people studying and working in different industries around the globe, this is not a privilege they are granted. Here at Semta we strongly believe in the voice of apprentices training in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. Today's apprentices are tomorrow's workforce, the energy and power behind the industry.
While the skills gap is nothing new on the radar, many people outside the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector would definitely be surprised at some of the latest stats. Having an inherent need for more and more people to take up engineering studies in order to sustain industry growth there is a deep concern for how this can be achieved within the current UK economy.
So how exactly do we introduce young people to the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector? A Birmingham based programme for 14-16 year olds may have some key answers.
November 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of Professor John Perkins' Review of Engineering - a report originally commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Professor John Perkins CBE (Chief Scientific Advisor to the BIS at the time) was assigned the task of authoring the report on engineering training opportunities and the subsequent skills shortage within the UK. Taking 2 years to prepare, the 2013 report shed light on a definite engineering skills shortage and the effects this was having on the UK economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
Welcome to the latest edition of RevEAL - a unique publication of engineering and manufacturing specific news, views and analysis created and curated especially for you, the customers of EAL.
This Summer 2019 edition is now available for you to download here.