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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 Telegraph - How can we change opinions around apprenticeships?

19th July 2018

The Telegraph speak to two members of the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC), who discuss why they are working to explode myths that still exist around vocational courses. You can view the full article here.


Engineering Skills Champion Urges Country to Back Team UK Engineers in Hungary

22nd May 2018

WSUK GFF RGBThe leading organisation championing skills in UK advanced engineering and manufacturing has issued a message of congratulations to those chosen to put their wits to the test at a key international skills competition this autumn – and a rallying cry to the sector, and the nation, to get behind them.

Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise of 22 elite competitors from a wide range of disciplines – including five from the world of engineering.

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'Semta' Sam Making Waves

Brilliant Engineer Powers Energy Breakthrough 

2nd May 2018


A Brilliant young engineer Sam Etherington, is on the crest of a wave as his low cost efficient energy generator is launched in Glasgow – and begins final testing off the Shetland Islands.

Having grown up in the Lake District and developed expertise in his family engineering business, design engineer Sam Etherington saw the potential of wave power technology. Compelled to overhaul the sector and bring a new approach, he founded Aqua Power Technologies Limited where he invented MANTA, a wave energy generator which converts the rising and falling of ocean waves into electricity. In optimal conditions, one MANTA alone has the potential to power as many as five homes, making it accessible even in some of the UK's most remote coastal areas.

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Judith is Best of British Engineering

2nd March 2018

Young Scottish Apprentice is Icon of Engineering

A talented young engineer has been named as the Best of British Engineering at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards 2018 in London.

21-year -old Judith Mair, who works for Rolls-Royce in Derby received a standing ovation from more than 500 luminaries from the world of engineering – who hailed her meteoric rise to success.

Judith also won the Apprentice of the Year award category, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd.

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Latest Events

Semta National Occupational Standards and Modern Apprenticeship Consultation Events

Semta is leading a UK review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Marine Engineering and new Modern Apprenticeship frameworks to ensure they meet the changing needs of industry.

As part of our philosophy of continuous improvement, Semta is now requesting feedback from employers, training providers and key stakeholders who have an interest in contributing to:

  • New Modern Apprenticeship framework in Boat Building and Repair
  • New Modern Apprenticeship framework in Science, Technical, Formulation Processing
  • Review of Marine Engineering NOS 

Semta is hosting three consultation workshops in September and are inviting you to attend and take part in the review.

To read more, click here.


Engineering Ethics Conference 2018

Date: Thursday 6th September 2018
Time: 10.00 - 18.00
Venue: University of Leeds

Join industry, higher education, regulators and professional engineering institutions to consider some of the big ethical challenges facing engineering today and in the future.

Presenters include:

Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of Semta
Professor Chris Atkin, Chairman of the Engineering Council
Sara Parkin, Founder-Director and Trustee of Forum for the Future

For further information and to book a place, please click here.


Apprenticeship Levy – Scottish Employers’ Views Sought

Semta is now surveying Scottish-based employers to find out how the apprenticeship levy has affected their recruitment and training plans, and what they think of the Scottish government’s approach to apprenticeship funding. 

We’d really appreciate your feedback. Please could you take the time to complete the survey. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to complete the survey.


Women and Diversity Manufacturing Summit

21st June, Exhibition Centre Liverpool

WDS-MPUSemta is supporting the Summit, brought to you by The Manufacturer, with Steph Oerton our HR Adviser leading one of the discussion groups.

At the event, manufacturers will be talking about increasing British industry’s share of the UK talent pool – by boosting participation from women and minority groups in the manufacturing workforce. They’ll also be considering whether UK manufacturing has a problem with women and diversity – or whether it’s the other way round.

Register today and use code ‘SEMTA-100’ to get £100 off the ticket price. To find out more and register go to: www.women-manufacturing.uk


WorldSkills UK - Register your Interest in the WorldSkills UK Live 2018

WSUK18WorldSkills UK have now added a registration portal for anyone with interest in applying for this year's WorldSkills UK Live, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham between 15th-17th November 2018. Click here to register your interest.


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