Forward looking approach to meeting engineering and manufacturing skills needs
Exciting updates and improvements planned for around 50 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships have been unveiled in an influential new report focused on how to support the full spectrum of current and future skills training needs for these vital sectors.
Publication today (18th November) is the culmination of an extensive and employer-led review of training requirements for the engineering and manufacturing sector.
In addition to preparing the way for large numbers of apprenticeships to be brought up to date, the review report has recommended eight to be decommissioned due to insufficient demand or changing training requirements.
Feedback from the sectors also led to the Institute’s route panel of employer experts revising the engineering and manufacturing occupational map.
The map covers three pathways for progression from entry to higher levels covering: engineering, design and development; maintenance, installation and repair; and engineering, manufacturing process, and control.
Consultation feedback also identified the following priority jobs in need of consideration for new apprenticeships and wider technical education, which can for example include T levels and Higher Technical Qualifications, guided by employer-designed occupational standards:
- Product development manager
- Chemical engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Simulation & modelling engineer
- Glass manufacturing operative
- Quality manager
- Safety engineer
- Engineering compliance manager
The resulting occupational map can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) website.
Relevant T Levels set to be added to the skills offer that will be taught from September 2022 will cover Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing; Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing; and Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control.
The report published today also highlights future challenges and opportunities around skills training supporting Brexit, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and keeping pace with emerging technology and sustainability issues.
Employers will form new partnerships with our new Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel to see how all apprenticeships and technical education can help tackle climate change and support the national drive to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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