Is collaboration the key to bridging the skills gap?

We are delighted to be featured in a very important news report by Barclays entitled ‘A new image for manufacturing’. The MCMT story is all about ‘collaboration to bridge the skills gap’. Here’s our feature case study:

After identifying a manufacturing skills gap in the Shropshire area, a group of employers joined forces to create a new training centre that tackles the challenge.

The skills gap is an issue facing businesses across the UK, with repercussions for productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.

In Bridgnorth and the surrounding area, attracting skilled workers was holding back business’s plans to both scale up and extend their scope.

“Recognising that cannibalising other rms’ workforces was not a sustainable solution, a group of employers sought to create a centre of excellence to train future employees,” explains Matt Snelson, Managing Director of The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology, which launched in September 2017.

A strong foundation.

The Centre is an opportunity to educate a workforce in the skills that the industry needs, taking it right back to basics and providing
a grounding that graduates from university engineering degrees lack, he explains. It also offers a clear route of progression for students, which combines academic learning with tactical experience.

“Now in our second year, we’re looking to welcome six new cohorts, each with a maximum of 15 people,” says Matt. “At the moment, half are school leavers – most post A-Level – with the remainder being returners to employment.” Some individuals have no hands-on experience of engineering; others are looking for new skills. “Each student is employed by a local business for the duration of his or her apprenticeship, but spends three days a week with us for two years, and one day a week for the following two and a half years.”

For more information tune into Sky News tonight to see our special feature.

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