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The Industrial Strategy
The Industrial Strategy

The Industrial Strategy

Added to MTDCNC by Engineering Technology Group on 25 January 2017

Earlier this week the Prime Minister detailed the government’s Industrial Strategy in a 130 page green paper outlining the way forward as Brexit is implemented.

Reaction from the business world has been mixed, ranging from ‘a golden opportunity missed’ to concerns that the UK simply does not have the skilled workers to deliver the infrastructure project earmarked for the 2020’s.

Business leaders in many sectors have been asked for their views on how – potentially – what is being proposed will affect their business moving forward.  Here, Engineering Technology Group Managing Director Martin Doyle gives his thoughts on the way forward.

“Initiatives in major manufacturing conurbations such as that proposed for Sunderland area and other local enterprise partnerships are always welcome to give a boost to the engineering and manufacturing sector.

“But it is important that the job creation opportunities are for genuine ‘new jobs’.  There is a yawning skills gap in this country and those looking to get careers in engineering need to be encouraged from the early apprenticeship days as well as those looking for skills improvement.

“Our business thrives on advanced technology machine tools but operators with the necessary skills to maximise the technical prowess of the machines are as important as the machines themselves.

“We propose to invest heavily in the training infrastructure available to young people who are the engineers of the future.  To this aim, we are helping equip two major training centres in the Midlands and plan to be working with others around the UK by the year end.

“This is us thinking outside the box in effect.  Yes we can supply the machines but we also feel an obligation to those who will be operating them and contributing to greater productivity.

The Government says it is boosting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, digital skills and numeracy, including extending specialist maths schools, while £170m will be invested in creating new institutes of technology.

Again all very welcome because young people are very aware these days that there only so many IT or media jobs.  They realise that manufacturing represents a rewarding and long term future and governmental initiatives supported by those in the industry are the way forward.

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