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Report Heads Off Skills Crisis

Women To Play Key Role in Engineering Future

A new report launched today sets out the path to overcoming the sector’s looming skills crisis by encouraging more women to start their career in engineering.

The Engineering Skills for the Future report, from not-for-profit employer-led skills experts Semta, shows that female engineers are more attracted to an ‘interesting career’ than to the salary they will receive.

The report also shows that female engineers are more likely than their male colleagues to encourage people to enter the sector because it offers the prospect of interesting work – and are less likely to focus on career prospects and the potential to earn while learning through an apprenticeship or sponsored degree.

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Sellafield Advanced Apprentice Wins National Apprenticeship Award

adam-sharp-NAS-awardsAdam Sharp, from Cockermouth, was named the Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on Friday.

Adam, aged 22, a Mechanical Design Apprentice with Sellafield Ltd, fought off competition from hundreds of other apprentices around England to be awarded the top prize. Adam completed his ECITB advanced level apprenticeship in Design and Draughting at Sellafield Ltd in Cumbria, in August 2016.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

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Apprentices - Make Your Voices Heard

Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) launches survey to gather views of young people on apprenticeships

IAC-2016-picHundreds of apprentices are being encouraged to let their voices be heard in the corridors of power to help improve the image and perception of technical and vocational education and lead the calls for better careers advice in schools.

The IAC has today launched its fourth annual survey to gather the views of young people in apprenticeships across the UK.

The results of the survey – which is open until Friday 10th March - will be presented in the Spring to the relevant ministers, MPs, stakeholders and policymakers to shape the advice, training and careers for those in future years to come.

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Semta Chairman to Step Down

Allan Cook6Leading industrialist Allan Cook CBE, is to stand down from his role as Semta Chairman at the end of March, it has been announced.

Allan has been at the helm of the Semta Group for more than six years and has overseen the transition from a Sector Skills Council to an employer-led organisation recognised by government and industry as the pre-eminent experts in apprenticeships, technical and vocational education in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector.

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Best of British Engineering Unveiled

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Finalists are shortlisted for prestigious Semta Skills Awards

Talented engineers and innovative companies have beaten off stiff competition to make the final of the Semta Skills Awards which honour the best in British Engineering.

Hundreds of nominations from across nine award categories have been shortlisted to just 27 by an independent industry panel of judges for the 2017 awards.

Firmly established as a key date in the calendar and recognised as industry's night of the year – the Semta Skills Awards, to be held at London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 and hosted by BBC Breakfast's Steph McGovern are considered to be the most prestigious of the year.

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EAL Learners Shine at Skills Show

manufacturing-team-challengeEAL has some of the UK industry's most talented learners, apprentices and technicians who were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition.

An impressive 31 EAL learners, almost half of those to make the national final, won a medal in their skills with 13 golds, 8 silvers and 10 bronze.

A record number of EAL learners – 65 in engineering and three in SkillsElectric - were among more than 500 talented young people who took part in competitions covering 61 different skills over three days at Birmingham's NEC in front of thousands of visitors.

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Young Engineers Named Best in the UK

CNC-turningGirl power leads the charge

UK industry's most talented learners, apprentices and technicians were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition – with six of the seven girls competing in Semta's engineering competition making it on to the podium.

Katie Goodwill, Rolls-Royce plc and Christine McDowell Belfast Metropolitan College struck gold, Eva Blessing Onyelou, Middlesex University and Hannah Frost UTC Sheffield took silver while Nicole Catney of Belfast Metropolitan College and Kendal Irvine of JCB Transmissions were awarded Bronze in Semta's engineering competitions, which saw 116 regional heat winners battle it out for medals.

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Young Engineers Compete for Gold at The Skills Show

A record number of EAL learners are set to test their skills against some of the best young engineers in Britain.

The EAL class of 2016 makes up more than half the competitors - 65 out of 116 - in the 13 engineering disciplines being contested at the National Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC this week (Nov 17-19).

They will be undertaking a series of tasks in front of more than 75,000 visitors who will attend the fifth Skills Show, organised by WorldSkills UK, over three days with the winners picking up gold medals at a ceremony on Saturday evening and the possibility of representing Team UK at WorldSkills International in Kazan, Russia 2019.

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Semta Apprentice Power - Business and Young People on Right Path

The power of the Semta Apprentice Service is boosting business and thousands of young people a new survey published recently has revealed.

Nearly 90 per cent of their apprentices, mainly in engineering, automotive and construction, remained in paid employment between one and three years after they qualified.

Almost 56 per cent are still with the same employer and nearly 24 per cent earning £25,000 or more per annum and without having racked up a mountain of debt in tuition fees.

These findings trump recent figures, published by The Times, which suggest that industry wide only 75% of apprentices are offered a job at the end of their apprenticeship by their employer.

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Girls have the power - Female engineers breakthrough in Semta skills competition

Eight talented young female engineers have reached the national finals of the sector's elite competition to be held at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month (November).


Semta, the national organising partner for the engineering WorldSkills UK competitions, which represents more than 148,000 companies, has been campaigning tirelessly to break down the gender barriers and increase the number of women engineers working in industry.

The 'great eight' represents a significant breakthrough for the cause, as there were just four females in an entourage of more than a hundred in last year's finals – a hundred per cent increase.

No less than 44 per cent of the women that entered the 2016 regional heats were awarded a place in the final – compared to 39 per cent of men.

All finalists have risen to the challenge having completed the required tasks in the regional heats and are now battling to be the nation's best.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said: "This is a major milestone and testament to the work that we are doing to encourage females to enter both the sector and competitions – but it only goes to underline the scale of the problem.

"There is still much work in terms of re-educating parents, teachers and careers advisors

"However, this does show that female engineers who enter the industry can compete at a very elite level.

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