Skills Dashboard

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Advanced Manufacturing

Matching Skills with company needs

Report Segment: Matching Skills

Sector strategies usually incorporate a skills plan, yet skills don’t necessarily fit neatly into one particular sector. Moreover, the temptation is to look at those entering the workforce (from schools, colleges and universities) rather than those already in work. Of course education establishments rarely follow sectoral lines resembling anything close to the UK economy, so we are constantly trying to align the output of skills with the needs of individual sectors.

Complex sectors present a set of problems for skills matching. Not only are they broad in terms of the range of functions required within the sector (from generic business skills to sector specific skills), but complex sectors have supply chains which may be crucial for the success of the whole industry. Manufacturing is interesting because techniques and processes change over time – and training providers therefore need to constantly invest in new equipment to keep up with industry needs.