81% of manufacturers experience problems recruiting new staff and yet
barely 11% of engineers are women. Resolving that would make recruitment easier, reduce the skills gap and increase profitability. Maddy White reports.
Limitations with the Apprenticeship Levy and a worrying shortage of technical teachers means the UK education system cannot produce enough engineers to support the economy, especially with increasing reliance on home-grown talent post-Brexit.
The story of Nishant Raj, Industry 4.0 lead at a global manufacturer, clearly shows that the miscommunication between government and industry over work visas needs to be addressed if the UK is to ever going to solve its skills gap.
Recruiting and retaining the right skills remains a well-documented challenge for UK manufacturing. With Brexit looming ever closer, business leaders crucially need to secure their future talent now. What are they planning?
BAE Systems invests approximately £90m per year in education, skills and early careers activities in the UK. This year, its bases in Lancashire will offer apprentices opportunities to work on the company's Typhoon and F-35 projects.