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How the Skills Show is Helping to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers

16th November 2017

The 2017 Skills Show gets underway today, with the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions taking place in more than 50 different skills areas.

Semta, the engineering skills body, is the organising partner for 13 of the engineering competitions, ranging from aeronautical engineering to welding and recognises what important ambassadors for the engineering sector the competitors are.

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Betsy’s Journey to WorldSkills UK Success

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16th November 2017

As the WorldSkills UK national skills competition finals get underway at this year's Skills Show, a former engineering competitor shares her competition journey over the past three years and explains why she's loved every minute of it.

Having started out as a shy, quiet teenager Betsy Crosbie is now brimming with confidence and passing on the knowledge she has learned to fellow competitors as a Team UK medal winning skills champion.

She has experienced different cultures, gained many new friends for life, created a network of excellent contacts for her future career prospects and enjoyed the taste of success on medal podiums across the world.

"I have learned so much about myself and my trade over the last three years," says Betsy. "I have been able to experience things that not everyone gets the chance to do and it has simply flown by."

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Talented young competitors backed to go for gold in Abu Dhabi by engineering skills champion

13th October 2017

The talented young engineers representing the country at a prestigious international skills competition have been given the wholehearted support of the industry's key skills body.

Ten young British engineers are set to start competing against the best from around the globe at the WorldSkills competitions in Abu Dhabi from tomorrow (Saturday 14 October), in disciplines ranging from Aircraft Maintenance to Welding.

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Finalists announced for WorldSkills UK 2017

18th September 2017

Semta, the organising partner for the WorldSkills UK (WSUK) engineering competitions, has praised the high level of talent among this year's finalist cohort.

Competing in front of 70,000 spectators at The Skills Show in Birmingham, 118 finalists - made up of apprentices and vocational learners from across the UK - will compete in 13 different disciplines including welding, mechatronics and aeronautical engineering.

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Talented engineers, companies and training providers urged to enter prestigious industry awards

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A prestigious industry-backed set of engineering awards is now open for nominations – and the body responsible is urging talented individuals and companies to put themselves forward to be in with a chance of winning.

Semta, the engineering skills body, has been running its annual Semta Skills Awards for five years.

The 2018 awards – which will be hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and former Young Engineer for Britain, Steph McGovern - are set to take place on Thursday 1st March at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, with entries open from 1st September 2017 until November 30th.

 

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The Best Career Choice in the World: Industry Apprentices’ Message to Young People

14th August 2017

Ahead of GCSE and A-Level results days, a leading group of engineering apprentices is urging young people to be calm and consider the full range of options – whatever their results.

According to the latest research by the Industry Apprentice Council, 98% of engineering apprentices are happy with their career choice – and this finding cuts across apprentices at all levels, from Level 2 (intermediate level) to Level 6 (degree level).

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The ‘world’s best career route’ at risk from poor policy and government changes

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24th July 2017

Despite successive governments having created what apprentices say could be 'the best career route in the world' for under-25s, apprentices say this is now at risk.

New research shows 98 per cent of engineering apprentices are happy in their jobs – citing good pay and no debt, fulfilling work, qualifications and career progression. But this extraordinarily successful career route is at risk from government changes to the apprenticeship system and is being held back by poor careers advice at school.

The research was carried out with 1200 apprentices, through the Industry Apprentice Council – made up of apprentices from the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector and supported by national engineering skills body Semta.

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Businesses urged to train more engineers as new qualification puts Wales on the skills map

12th July 2017

Wales has introduced a new engineering qualification, developed by Semta - the engineering skills body, to put the country on an equal footing with other countries across Europe. Employers in the sector have been urged to seize the opportunity to grow their own talent and close the nation's skills gap.

Wales joins a number of other European nations where Master Craftsperson qualifications are recognised, including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The Master Craftsperson Diploma in Engineering is a higher apprenticeship used in other European nations.

Semta CEO Ann Watson explained why her organisation developed the new qualification, saying: "Wales controls its own skills system and the new Master Craftsperson qualification is unique in the UK.

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Jobs for the Girls - initiative launched to help close technical skills gap

apprenticeship-toolkit-logo with websiteA toolkit has been launched to help businesses close the skills gap in the construction, engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors by recruiting women and girls into the sector through apprenticeships.

WISE, which campaigns to get more women into STEM careers, the engineering skills body Semta and the Institution of Civil Engineers have formed a partnership to launch the apprenticeship toolkit for businesses.

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