Earlier this month, members of the Miller Research team and our guests from Alder King, Four Communications and Regeneris were delighted to battle through the snow and attend the Semta Skills Awards 2018 in Westminster.
The annual Awards both celebrate the crucial role of the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors in the UK economy and showcase the young engineers and students who are the future of engineering.
The Awards were particularly relevant this year––2018 has been designated the Year of Engineering by HM Government and engineering was prominent in the latest Industrial Strategy.
The main talking point of the night was the importance of apprenticeships and the problems caused by the UK Government’s apprenticeships policies––particularly the introduction of an Apprenticeship Levy scheme in April 2017, which has been widely criticised and blamed for a large fall in those taking up trainee posts.
Also discussed were T levels. First announced by UK Government in 2016, these new qualifications are designed to help transform technical education in the UK. T levels will be gained through fifteen routes (see below) that group together related occupations, four of which will be delivered primarily through apprenticeships. Amongst these is an Engineering and Manufacturing route, containing occupations from vehicle mechanic to energy plant operative to aircraft fitter.
(Department for Education Slide, reproduced on FE Week, 2017)
Miller Research has a long and productive relationship with Semta. Semta (the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) is the not-for-profit, industry-led organisation responsible for transforming the skills and productivity of people in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Recent projects on which Miller Research and Semta have worked together include:
- Research into Higher Apprenticeship Pilot Framework for Advanced Engineering sector (Welsh Government, 2017–18)
- Research into Master Craftsperson Recognition Scheme for Wales (Semta, 2016)
- Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Labour Market Study for Manufacturing (Welsh Government, 2015)
- Labour Market Intelligence in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing sector (Semta and Industry Wales, 2013–14
For further information about Miller Research’s work in the skills sector, please contact Senior Consultant Sam White on 01873851884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.