The task of attracting more young people with critical skills to manufacturing, while dispelling the industry’s unwarranted reputation for belching smokestacks and dilapidated mills, is a monumental one that requires a concerted effort by parents, educational bodies, the UK government, and manufacturing firms alike.
The rise of the ‘connected worker’ could help end the skills drain being accelerated by an ageing workforce, according to the boss of one of the world’s leading providers of industrial innovation technology.
Making STEM careers accessible for everyone and busting the myths surrounding engineering and manufacturing jobs are long-standing issues for industry. We spoke to one female engineer tackling these challenges head on.
Understanding what makes your workforce tick and what make them strive for excellence is vital for any business wanting to generate significant improvements in throughput, efficiency and staff retention.
Women make up around 12% of engineers in the UK, but just over 7% of engineering apprentices are female. To find out more, we spoke to two second year female apprentices at automotive part maker, Unipres.
Manufacturing's need for digital talent is soaring, but with a lack of skills available it's not sustainable for businesses to keep poaching people from one another. How can we overcome this digital dilemma?