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Retaining employee skills to be a priority for 2013

STEM skills expert Semta is urging companies to prepare for new apprentices and graduates in the year ahead and prevent a "lost generation" of talent
 £340 million is available to support skills development

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As the organisation responsible for improving skills across the UK’s 132,000 wealth-producing engineering and manufacturing businesses, Semta is using 2013 to address skills gaps in the supply chain, recruiting new apprentices and graduates, and helping employers in the UK to access the almost £340 million funding available to them.

 Semta’s Chief Executive, Sarah Sillars OBE commented:

“Semta is ideally positioned to offer advice and coordinate employers and sector organisations that can work in partnership and win funding to ensure employers’ skills needs are met. The economy is forecast to return to growth in 2013 and Semta will be at the forefront, leading the charge on skills that provide a ROI.

“Organisations in our sectors typically deliver £20,000 per employer more in Gross Value Added than the overall national average and therefore have a critical role to play in delivering economic recovery. So our role, in ensuring that the right skills are in place, will be a huge factor in the success of engineering and manufacturing in 2013.”

Semta predicts that the UK will require more than 82.000 scientists, engineers and technologists by 2016 to take maximum advantage of growth opportunities and lessen the impact of skills lost through retirement. It also predicts that more than 360,000 of the current technical workforce have qualifications currently below world class standards and would benefit greatly from being up-skilled. 

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“Semta has made a real difference in 2012, helping advanced manufacturing and engineering employers to recruit apprentices and graduates, upskill the supply chain, increase higher level skills and promote the development and retention of women.

“In the coming year we will help tackle the “lost generation”, by showing young people and their parents and advisors the fantastic career opportunities available in manufacturing and engineering. And we will work with employers and partners to ensure that these important sectors get the funding needed to develop sustainable skills solutions.”

The Chief Executive concluded:

“The New Year is always a good time to get your business planning right, so any manufacturing or engineering employer who needs skills support to boost business in 2013 should act now and contact Semta.”

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