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Engineering Employers Urge Apprenticeship Body to Retain Qualifications

quals-reportAs the Department for Education (DfE) is poised to transfer responsibility for apprenticeships to the new Institute for Apprenticeships on 6 April, engineering employers are urging the body to keep recognised qualifications a core feature of apprenticeship standards.

Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta, says: “The government’s original apprenticeship standard insisted only on one end test and no requirement for the apprenticeship to achieve a recognised qualification. Engineering employers have argued and won the case for our industry to have continuous assessment and qualifications in our apprenticeships. We must not lose this recognition as responsibility transfers.”

To support the employers’ case, Semta commissioned research into international best practice by Professor Lorna Unwin of UCL Institute of Education. This showed that countries with leading apprenticeships – including Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands – all have continual assessment and lead to qualifications.

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Best of British Engineering at the Semta Skills Awards 2017

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Talented engineer Philippa Dressler-Pearson put the disappointment of redundancy behind her to find a new employer, excel in her role and be named Best of British Engineering at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Wednesday March 8th) – and in doing so proved the power of qualifications.

The 23 year old from Worcestershire beat off strong competition to win the overall award having earlier been named the UK’s Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd, at the Semta Skills Awards 2017 gala dinner in London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC presenter Alexander Armstrong.

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Dame Judith Hackitt Appointed Chair of Semta Group

Engineer and Industry Leader To Head Employer Led Skills Champions

judith-hackittDame Judith Hackitt (pictured centre) has been appointed as Chair of the Semta Group, it has been announced.

She will take up her role from 1st April 2017 replacing Allan Cook CBE who stands down after seven years at the end of March.

A chemical engineer by profession and Fellow of the Royal Academy for Engineering, Dame Judith was formerly Chair of the Health and Safety Executive. She became a Dame in the New Year Honours in 2016 and was appointed Chair of manufacturing body EEF in April of the same year, a role she will continue alongside her Semta duties.

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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 30th April 2017 - 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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