Report Segment: Multiskilling
The need for a multi-skilled workforce is more pressing than ever. Many companies rely on fewer engineers than before but their skills base needs to be across a range of specialisms: electrical, mechanical etc.. – so this needs to be reflected in upskilling courses. Lotus require all of their staff to multiskill - becoming specialists in lots of different assembly and production areas. Most of this training needs to take place at work and the trainers are Lotus staff. It would not be sensible for CCN, for example to train up their own staff to do the job, but they can still learn from the process and offer multiskilling courses to smaller companies who would not be able to afford their own training team. Lotus is clearly a best practice example for the county and it makes sense for FE to learn from them and pass the methods and processes on to other companies.
Multi-skilling College Staff Multi-skilling isn’t restricted to engineering companies workforce. It is also important for college staff to learn from industry on a continuous basis – in order to become specialists in lots of different areas. Most companies will be only to pleased to hear from their local college with a request for a day’s upskilling in order to benefit the industry. This report has looked at skills issues in relation to Norfolk’s engineering and manufacturing economy. It has identified a range of challenges and opportunities which, if addressed could make a significant difference to the sector’s prospects in the future.