Commenting on the Skills for Jobs White Paper published today, Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, said:
“For too long our education system has not kept pace with the changes we’ve seen in the manufacturing sector as a result of digitalisation, technological advances and a changing model of work. Today’s package is an ambitious, yet measured step in putting employers back at the heart of the technical education system, realigning it to meet the growing skills gaps we face in today’s labour market.
“Manufacturers will be pleased to see the vocational and technical education system geared towards providing the critical skills the manufacturing sector needs now. But more importantly, a recognition that as we look to rebuilding our economy, meeting the skills needs of UK manufacturers tomorrow will be vital to boost productivity and power economic growth.
“At a time of considerable change for businesses already, any reform will need to be done in close consultation with the sector. Government must commit its support to a Manufacturing Skills Task Force, working with the sector to help drive a skills revolution.”