Semta welcome Cable’s vision on future of British industry
Sector skills council Semta has welcomed the Government's industrial vision which puts skills, advanced manufacturing and engineering at the heart of the UK's growth strategy.
Semta supports the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector which was identified as pivotal in the strategy recently announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable in a speech to business leaders at London's Imperial College.
The speech confirmed the need for a world class skills policy to be linked closely to the industrial strategy, in order that industry gets the skills they need to continue growing.
Vince Cable then announced that 34 bids had been successful in the first round of the Employer Ownership pilot scheme. The £67 million public funding, matched by £98 million of private investment, supports employers in putting together radical plans to develop their own training programmes.
Actions outlined in the industrial strategy speech will create more apprenticeships, vocational training opportunities and other learning such as work experience and work placements.
Semta's UK Operations Director, Lynn Tomkins said: "We are delighted to have a long term, strategic partnership between Government and industry to give businesses clarity on where the Government will be concentrating its efforts. And Semta looks forward to supporting sector strategy development.
"The Business Secretary has made clear that advanced manufacturing and engineering is key to the UK's industrial growth plan. Firms working with Semta are keen to take ownership of skills and to work together to help drive increases in the recruitment of apprentices and graduates as well as upskilling the current workforce and ensuring the sector priorities and needs are addressed."