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Engineering Employers Urge Apprenticeship Body to Retain Qualifications

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23rd March 2017

As 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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9th March 2017

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 – 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

8th March 2017

Engineer and Industry Leader To Head Employer Led Skills Champions

Dame Judith Hackitt 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

9th February 2017

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

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Adam 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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