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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.

Proposed action one: Improve the supply of candidates

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.

Propose action two: Focus on training opportunities

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.

Proposed action three: Fill the current gaps in provision

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:

  • Working with the Metals Industry to examine and address its skills needs and reduce any future mismatch.
  • Placing greater emphasis on practical subjects, ensuring core subjects are incorporated into the curriculum and offering industry-appropriate careers advice from degree choices to vocational training.
  • Helping companies fill current gaps by making it easier for employers to seek funding and accreditation for tailored in-house training.

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: info@ukmetalscouncil.org for further details