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


Latest News

The Best Career Choice in the World: Industry Apprentices’ Message to Young People

Ahead of GCSE and A-Level results days, a leading group of engineering apprentices is urging young people to be calm and consider the full range of options – whatever their results.

According to the latest research by the Industry Apprentice Council, 98% of engineering apprentices are happy with their career choice – and this finding cuts across apprentices at all levels, from Level 2 (intermediate level) to Level 6 (degree level).



Eighty years in business and still going strong – local engineering firm credits apprentices for its success

JJ-Churchill-photo1Local engineering firm JJ Churchill Ltd is celebrating eighty years in business by recruiting the highest number of apprentices in its history.

Based in Market Bosworth the company, which employs 129 people, makes high precision gas turbine components for the aerospace industry as well as high horsepower diesel engine components and assemblies.



The ‘world’s best career route’ at risk from poor policy and government changes

iac-report-graphicDespite successive governments having created what apprentices say could be 'the best career route in the world' for under-25s, apprentices say this is now at risk.

New research shows 98 per cent of engineering apprentices are happy in their jobs – citing good pay and no debt, fulfilling work, qualifications and career progression. But this extraordinarily successful career route is at risk from government changes to the apprenticeship system and is being held back by poor careers advice at school.



Businesses urged to train more engineers as new qualification puts Wales on the skills map

Wales has introduced a new engineering qualification, developed by Semta - the engineering skills body, to put the country on an equal footing with other countries across Europe. Employers in the sector have been urged to seize the opportunity to grow their own talent and close the nation's skills gap.

Wales joins a number of other European nations where Master Craftsperson qualifications are recognised, including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The Master Craftsperson Diploma in Engineering is a higher apprenticeship used in other European nations.



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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Latest Events

STEM: Jobs for the Girls - A learning and networking conference

Date: Thursday 5 October
Venue: RAF Leeming, Gatenby Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9NJ
Time: 08:30 - 16:00

Women are severely under represented in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce. Many girls perceive STEM careers as too difficult or boring.

This exciting one day networking conference will challenge this misconception, revealing to girls, parents, teachers and career advisors that STEM jobs foster creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills and collaborative communication.

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The Future for the Midlands Engine

Date: Tuesday 12 September 
Venue: Central Birmingham
Time: 09:30 - 13:00 (registration from 08:30)

This conference will assess next steps for growing the region's economy following publication of the Midlands Engine Strategy. Delegates will consider how initiatives around infrastructure, enterprise and culture - can best support local growth.

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