• POLICY AND INTELLIGENCE ... Work with us in our drive to make the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors a UK priority
  • CAREERS PATHWAYS ... Picture Yourself Here: explore the opportunities in the UK's most advanced sectors from Apprenticeships to professional development
  • STANDARDS, QUALIFICATIONS AND FRAMEWORKS ... Your one stop shop for essential resources and information for delivering engineering, science and technology skills
  • SKILLS SOLUTIONS ... Maximise your people, skills and productivity: how Semta can help
  • SEMTA APPRENTICESHIP SERVICE ... A one-stop employer solution for recruiting, developing and mentoring talented apprentices


Led by employers, our job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage. We bring together employers and education to focus action on skills.

Ann Watson

Ann Watson joined the Semta Group in 1998 and carried out various roles for Semta’s awarding organisation EAL, latterly as its Managing Director over the last 8 years.

In September 2013, Ann began a 12 month secondment to Semta as Chief Operating Officer to support Semta through a key period of transition and provide a bridge between the operational and strategic elements of the business.

In January 2015, Ann Watson took on the role of chief executive of Semta.

As EAL’s Managing Director Ann was responsible for building on EAL’s strong performance and expanding its portfolio to further develop and reinforce its status as the certificate of choice within the engineering, technology and related sectors.

In 2012, Ann was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition for her work within the education and skills arena.  Ann has also been a finalist in the IoD Young Director of the Year awards for the Yorkshire region.

Having left the University of Teesside with a first class honours degree in business studies, Ann joined Pipeline Induction Heat as marketing assistant. Gaining her Chartered Institute of Marketing postgraduate diploma, she spent her early career in various marketing and communication roles within engineering and training organisations, including Kvaerner and Capitb. This foundation has provided her with a broad range of knowledge and experience, plus an acute understanding of the sector, all of which she brings to her current role.

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