To achieve its wider ambitions for growth, the UK Metals Industry will need to attract some 2,300 graduates a year and 9,200 apprentices and technicians. It will also have to retain those it already has and retrain others to acquire the specific skills required for the future. This will be challenging given the image of the industry and the dearth of both vocational training and appropriate degree-level courses.
To overcome the lack of potential employees, the issue needs to be address at all levels of education. From the school curriculum to university levels, appropriate subjects need to be taught.
The industry needs to improve awareness of the training opportunities that are already available while providing guidance to ensure those that do exist are fit for purpose. Using schemes such as brokering initiatives that match potential candidates to vacancies will help achieve this.
Deploy experienced employees as trainers to pass on their skills to the next generation of employees be that in schools, colleges or through other training providers.
To encourage skills development, commitments sought from policymakers may include:
To meet its recruitment needs, the industry is aiming for capacity to reach 50% of its needs by 2018 and 100% by 2025.
21/09/18 - UK Metals Council position paper on Apprenticeship Schemes and learning for the UK Metals Sector.
The UK Metals Council have published the attached document on the current UK training strategy for the metals sector
21/09/18 - Response to the Government call for evidence on productivity
The UK Metals Council (UKMC) response to the Governments call for evidence on the Business Productivity Review.
21/09/18 - UK Metals Council meetings
The next UK Metals Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 in Cambridge. Please contact the UKMC Manager, Giles Willson on: 0121 601 6356 or E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details