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Mastering New Skills

8th July 2017

Welsh Government appoints Semta to explore new qualification to boost economy.

Welsh employers are being urged to become masters of their own destiny by building and adopting a new qualification to drive higher level skills in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The Welsh Government has enlisted employer-led skills expert Semta and College Wales to draw up plans to develop a Master Craftsperson qualification to help drive performance in the sector which is vital to the country’s prosperity.

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Voice of Apprentices Calls For Change

30th June 2016

Britain’s young apprentices have called upon the new Government to put skills and qualifications at the very top of the agenda in Brexit Britain – and created a ‘five point plan’ to help them do just that.

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) report to be handed to Nadhim Zahawi MP, David Cameron’s adviser on apprentices and joint Chairman of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, delivered a damning verdict on careers advice.

They are also calling for professional qualification as standard to ensure apprenticeships get the recognition they deserve and quality is maintained.

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Passage to India for next generation of engineers

25 April 2016

Skills experts from the UK are passing on their expert knowledge to former members of the Indian armed forces to help them train the next generation of engineers in their country.

An 11-strong delegation from Mumbai has been on an intensive six-day Train the Trainer course, organised and run by the Semta group, to learn how best to deliver training to help support the next generation of apprentices, graduates and employees entering or already working in engineering careers. 

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Semta International - Latest News

 

23rd March 2017

 

Semta Publishes Report on International Best Practice in Apprenticeships

 

Semta has 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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25th April 2016

Passage to India for the Next Generation of Engineers

Skills experts from the UK are passing on their expert knowledge to former members of the Indian armed forces to help them train the next generation of engineers in their country.

An 11-strong delegation from Mumbai has been on an intensive six-day Train the Trainer course, organised and run by the Semta group, to learn how best to deliver training to help support the next generation of apprentices, graduates and employees entering or already working in engineering careers. 

The programme, co-funded by the Indian government and the British High Commission, was delivered at Semta's Watford HQ by trainers Jas Sall, Paul Gannon and Terry Coles from Semta's specialist industry awarding organisation EAL, all of whom have backgrounds in industry.

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Leading car manufacturers launch solution to attract new talent to automotive sector

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Leading car manufacturers have today launched the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service, as a platform to develop the skilled workforce of the future.

Each year the Matching Service, developed and funded through the Automotive Industrial Partnership (an industry skills collaboration, supported by government), will help up to 10,000 high quality candidates per annum secure an automotive apprenticeship, where the company programmes to which they apply are oversubscribed. The service is expected to be of particular benefit to the automotive supply chain.

 

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Search is on for talented engineers - Competitors could represent Team UK on the world stage

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Talented young engineers are being invited to take part in skills competitions which could see them represent their country on the international stage.

Registrations have opened for WorldSkills UK, where competitors will battle it out at a series of regional heats for a place in the finals held during The Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC in November, which attracts around 80,000 visitors.

The winners will receive gold medals and could be eligible to represent Team UK at the WorldSkills International competition in Russia in 2019.

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Female engineers triumph on U.N Day

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Women 'clean up' on red carpet

Women engineers are celebrating being the very best of British – after a glittering red-carpet ceremony in London.

As United Nations Women & Girls in Science Day dawned, (February 11th) – British women were 'cleaning up' at the Semta Skills Awards held at The Hilton Park Lane – industry's most prestigious awards ceremony.

More women than ever before had been nominated for an award and one, Emma England, was judged to be the very 'Best of British'.

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Unsung hero is lifetime achiever

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MBDA's Gareth Humphreys honoured with Semta Skills Award

An engineer dubbed by his company as the father of apprentices has picked up a Lifetime Achievement award as he prepares to retire.

Gareth Humphreys of MBDA Missile Systems, based at Lostock, Bolton was honoured at the Semta Skills Awards at London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane last night during a gala dinner hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

He was presented with the specially-created Lifetime Achievement Award by Ann Watson, CEO of Semta and Julia Chippendale, managing director of EAL, who described him as the "unsung hero of UK engineering and manufacturing" as he took to the stage to a standing ovation from the audience of industrialists, major engineering companies, graduates and apprentices.

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Babcock invests in the future

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Portsmouth company wins Semta Skills Award

A Portsmouth company's residential training and commitment to life skills has led to it winning a prestigious award.

Babcock International won the Training Partner of the Year award, sponsored by GetMyFirstJob, last night, beating off strong competition at the Semta Skills Awards, celebrated with a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Costi Karayannis, Director of Energy and Engineering for Babcock Training said: "We are delighted to win this award. We are committed to our programmes with EDF energy and Network Rail. It is not just about the focus on skills development but focus on behaviour and attitudes of the apprentices.

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Passionate Steve is technician of the year

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Bedfordshire engineer wins Semta Skills Award

Experienced engineer Steve Green has been named the UK's top technician at the Semta Skills awards for his work on the factory floor and mentoring young apprentices.

The 54-year-old, from Bedford beat off strong competition to be presented with his award, sponsored by EngTechNow, last night at a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Steve, Senior Prototype Engineer at Lockheed Martin, based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire said: "I feel massively humbled. I am very proud of what we do. I feel British engineers are the best in the world and will do anything to help show that. I want to thank everyone involved – winning this award is awesome."

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