100,000 Apprentices For A New Generation of Engineers

more engineersPrime Minister David Cameron has announces a new Government plan to produce 100,000 new engineering technicians by 2018.

This multi-million pound scheme aims to fill the ‘skills gap’ encouraging young people to take up an engineering apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy, giving young people the chance to learn a trade and to build their careers, creating a truly world-class, high-skilled workforce that can compete and thrive in the global race.– Prime Minister David Cameron

This year the government has already invested £1.5bn in boosting high quality Apprenticeships. With latest labour market statistics indicating continued growth in scientific and workforce jobs, this additional engineering technicians will contribute significantly to the nations growing manufacturing and construction sectors.

To help UK companies succeed in this ever-growing competitive global marketplace, we need people with the highest professional skills and abilities…This initiative will ensure that the UK has a growing stream of Engineering Technicians being developed to a level that is recognised and respected around the world. - Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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Talent Matters - 6 Challenges to the UK Skills System

Education and Skills

The Labour Party have made recommendations to improve the UK skills system. The Skills Taskforce Interim Report highlights 6 problematic areas within the UK skills system as:

  1. The divide between vocational & academic education.
  2. Low levels of employer evolvement in the skills system.
  3. A fragmented education system.
  4. The need for a new vision for further education.
  5. The lack of high quality apprenticeships.
  6. Poor quality advice to navigate the transition between education and work.

Responses from the FE Sector

The 157 Group

"We are pleased that the Labour party has placed what is refers to as the 'damaging divide between vocational and academic education' at the heart of its thinking, as we have long argued that those who are successful in both work and life have a balance of theoretical and applied skill, and our education system should reflect this."

"Today's report presents a vision where FE colleges, such as those represented by the 157 Group, remain central to the provision of education and training, and recognises the broad and extensive work going on in colleges to develop those in every part of society, including for young people, for those who are employed, and for those who are unemployed or in need of a career change. We applaud the report's emphasis on the importance of further education for adults and for learning throughout life." -Lynne Sedgmore, Executive Director (read full response)

The AoC (Association of Colleges)

" [The report] sets out the problems caused by a funding system which restricts the courses colleges can deliver; the prevalence of competition between institutions rather than collaboration and the low levels of employer involvement in the skills system

“Colleges have excellent links with industry, working closely with big names such as Land Rover, Rolls Royce and EDF Energy, and devise bespoke training programmes in response to particular training needs. We note the comments about staff secondments to industry; there’s been significant investment in Teach First for schools and we’d like to see similar investment in College teacher training and support the opportunity for employers to get further involved in the delivery of skills to young people and for college staff to be seconded to industry." - Gill Clipson, Deputy Chief Executive at the Association of Colleges (read full response)

UCU - University College Union

"We agree that college lecturers should have the opportunity to spend more time in industry, but there has to be mechanisms in place to ensure employers are fully committed to providing that support."

'We desperately need better options for our young people. Record numbers of them are not working or training and politicians are right to look to education to solve the problem. However, improvements will not be achieved by simply expecting more of our excellent further education workforce and cannot be done on the cheap.

"Further education has a well-qualified, hard-working, professional workforce and the Labour Party needs to support it with commitments to invest to raise the nation's skills.' - Sally Hunt,  General Secretary, UCU (read full response)

Read the full report The Skills Taskforce Interim Report: Talent Matters-why England needs a new approach to skills pdf

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Employees In Fear of Job Security

Workers face increased stress and job insecurity.job fear

The recent Skills and Employment Survey found that employees are increasingly 'working in fear', with workers experiencing high levels of stress and worries over job security - more than 50% of workers are in fear of losing their job.

Francis Green, Professor of Work and Education Economics at the IOE, commented "Since the start of the recession, the growth of fear not only of employment loss but of unfair treatment and loss of status was particularly strong in the public sector."

With the latest labour market figures showing unemployment figures showing 43,000 less people in employment, the threat of job losses is becoming a major worry for the UK workers.

Read the full story from UKCES here

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Labour Market a 'Battleground' for Jobseekers

Recent labour market forecasts predict continued employment growth in Q2 of 2013.employment battleground

Despite this positive outlook, the survey shows that there are 45 applicants for every low skilled job. The labour market is still very competitive especially for those with less experience, skills or qualifications.

Jobseekers will need look to training providers and FE colleges to arm them with the skills they need to get an upper hand in this employment 'battleground'.

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Skills and Employability Review Issue 4


The latest issue of our Skills and Employability Review is out now. In this Issue tips to motivate learners, research into creating an agile curriculum and our latest labour market infographic.

If you haven't already received it in your in-box you can read Issue 4 online.

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Previous Issues

  • Issue 3 - LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work , A New Streamlined Funding System & The Need For Destination Tracking...
  • Issue 2 - Infographic: The UK Labour Market, Guide to FE Learning Technology & Making the Skills System More Responsive to Employer Demand...
  • Issue 1 - The Missing Link Between Education & Employment, INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey...
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