March 11 deadline: bid for £340m Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot

Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Manufacturing sector skills council Semta is offering to help employers prepare funding bids for Employer Skills Pilot; registration is open until March 11.

Semta, the sector skills council, is helping employers to complete funding bids for a share of the £340 million Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot. The scheme’s objective is to provide resources to upskill staff, convert existing skills and train extra staff for the companies’ supply chain.

Lynn Tomkins, UK Operations Director for Semta, will be speaking at The Manufacturer’s event – Driving Skills Development in the Workforce – on February 26 at the The Waldorf Hilton, London.

Semta is the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. The organisation runs the Semta Apprenticeship Service which helps fund and assist companies to hire apprentices.

If you are interested in attending this event please click here to register or call 020 7401 6033.

The government’s industrial strategy, announced in September 2012, identified advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) as a priority sector.

Among the solutions under the skills pillar – one of five pillars to the strategy – are traineeships, shared apprenticeships, overtraining by large companies and technical conversion training programmes in priority skills.

Allan Cook CBE, chairman of engineering group Atkins and Semta, said ”I would encourage employers to work together in the key AME sectors to focus on the development of skills and to strengthen the talent pipeline.

“I urge employers to grasp this opportunity and drive an innovative approach to attract high quality apprentices and graduates, as well as to re-skilling and up-skilling the current workforce to world class standards.”

Companies in sectors including aerospace and defence, automotive, electronics, marine, metals, mechanical and electrical, nuclear and composites are involved in the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot, as well as trade associations, trade unions, Local Enterprise Partnerships, training providers and other agencies.

For information about bidding for the funding, call 0845 643 9001 or contact eopteam@semta.org.uk.