Science Engineering and Manufacturing skills in 2010
Semta: Science Engineering and Manufacturing skills in 2010
In line with the need for a simplified skills landscape, Semta starts 2010 with a new consolidated offering. Based on one end to end service, Semta and its National Skills Academy for Manufacturing will support employers to identify their skills needs, help develop the required qualifications, apprenticeships and programmes, influence policy and work in the regions to ensure the right training solutions and funding exist. Sector Skills Council Semta’s 2010 strategy is to focus not only on recovery but also future skills needs. It will soon release a report looking at skills in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (those industries or businesses which use a high level of design or scientific skills to produce innovative and technologically complex products and processes). The report will outline the role of skills within these industries in securing Britain’s economic future.
Said Chief Executive Philip Whiteman: “No doubt, economic recovery will take time and increasing productivity and exports will be key. So we will continue our role of ensuring the UK has an adaptable workforce with strong technical skills, while working to ensure we are well placed to support advanced manufacturing, life sciences, green and emerging technologies. Building on our successes of 2009, we start another decade, with a strengthened Semta group and fresh challenges.”
Key facts and figures from 2009:
Over 900 companies referred for Semta Compact funding in 2008/9, 79% of them SMEs, with £60 million to deliver 45,000 qualifications.
Around a quarter of all apprenticeship starts between 1 August 2008 and 31 January 2009 were in engineering and technology with around 35,400 new engineering and technology sector apprenticeships.
6,343 students enrolled on the 14-19 Engineering Diploma with the Science Diploma being developed with employers for launch in September 2011.
Record N/SVQ registrations and certifications in 2009 with registrations up by 40% since 2003 to over 80,000 a year.
Semta relicensed and achieved submitting body status for Qualifications Credit Framework.