A Roadmap for Future Skills in Manufacturing | IPT
Chair: Sarah Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Industry and Decarbonisation
Speaker: Jo Davis, Chair of Education and Skills, British Plastics Federation
Speaker: Professor Robin Clark, Dean of Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University
Breakfast Meeting


Tuesday 14 May 2024


House of Commons

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The manufacturing sector has played a pivotal role in the development and growth of the UK. Throughout history, manufacturing capabilities have been key to the UK’s success as a nation, in 2022 the sector directly contributed to nearly £224bn in gross value. From January–March 2023, the manufacturing sector accounted for 9.5% of total UK economic output. Manufacturing has seen many challenges in recent years, particularly a lack of new talent coming into the sector. In a report from Make UK, which surveyed 2,436, over half of the children surveyed had not considered a job in manufacturing, it is therefore vital to make the sector more attractive to school-leavers. The UK is currently 8th in the world rankings in manufacturing but this is not widely known by the public. The UK’s manufacturing sector has potential to drive significant growth. How can the Government ensure that policies are in place to allow the sector to achieve its capabilities?

The event will:

  • Examine how jobs in manufacturing can attract new and diverse talent to fill the thousands of vacancies across industry.
  • Consider how the UK can continue to grow the manufacturing sector to maintain and improve its status as a world leader in this space.
  • Discuss how manufacturers can start to embed their processes with smart technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics to create high-value manufacturing jobs for the future.