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Read on to find out about the latest news and events from Semta and the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector.

 

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

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A 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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Team UK Engineering Competitors Announced

28th April 2017

The nation’s elite young skilled women and men have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Successful and talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 - 19).

The two-year (or more) process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.

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Apprenticeship Levy Funds Training for All Ages of Workforce for First Time

4th April 2017

Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the government’s new apprenticeship levy, which comes into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates.

“Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our workforces and compete with Europe in terms of productivity,” says Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance).

“Funded apprenticeships are now available for every age group in the workforce. Employers don’t have to recruit to get the skills they need, they can upskill existing employees. This is a tremendous opportunity for both employers and employees.”

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Quality Assured! Semta Apprenticeship Service is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

3rd April 2017

Semta Apprenticeship Service has been rewarded for its expertise and record of delivering high quality apprenticeships with a place on a new government register.

Only organisations on the recently published Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers will be able to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1st May 2017 or after. Around a quarter of applications for membership of the register were rejected by the government.

What does this mean?

Semta Apprenticeship Service’s acceptance on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers means we can deliver quality assured government funded apprenticeship training to employers who will be paying the apprenticeship levy. (Please note, we appear on the RoATP as Metskill Ltd, rather than Semta Apprenticeship Service our trading name).

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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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