In METALL #10 we looked at the local and national skills landscape in engineering, technology and manufacturing, and thought about some practical steps for a local solution. Some very clear challenges and opportunities presented themselves through the data and through discussion:
- The lack of female entrants into STEM learning and the subsequent workforce is a national and local crisis.
- The language between education and business is often not shared, with assumptions made from both sides.
- We need a highly skilled all-age workforce, attracting and up-skilling the best staff; regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background or if they need to work flexibly.
This Skills Masterclass will deepen and extend the previous conversation, honing in on a bold mission for West Sussex with some tangible and practical actions for participating businesses and educators to take forward – both within each organisation and collaboratively.