A group of successful local manufacturing leaders have met to debate the challenges which are currently facing their businesses and negatively affecting their sustainability as employers of the future.
Organised by Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA) and building on work already started last year, with an online survey and two Make it in Manufacturing events to showcase local companies to school children and their teachers, the aim of the evening was to find out what the specific issues are and constructive ideas for potential solutions.
Simon Yorke, City & Guilds Lead Technical Advisor for Industry, Commissioning, Assessment & Development, explained the changes to the apprenticeship assessment system and Iain Elliott CEO of the Humberside Engineering Technology Association (HETA) explained how and why this successful training provider was set up.
Round-table discussions followed, including the leaders of both Kirklees and Calderdale Colleges, and views expressed will be collated into the ‘Call for Evidence’ relating to Future-Ready Skills Commission from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority which will report in Spring 2020 and is looking at how positive changes can be made to the system to include more ‘employer-led’ provision.
Martin Booth, Chairman of CKMA, said “It was a great evening with a very positive vibe despite discussing challenges. The lack of young people of the right calibre and relevant, local, good quality training in engineering skills is a very real concern for our members and their sustainability as employers of the future. There is a lot of focus on innovation and Industry 4.0 but without the core of traditional engineering experience our region is known for we will fall behind. We are acting on what our members are telling us and acting as their ‘voice’ to feed into this research and to bring them collectively together with local training providers to look for solutions.”
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