A Skills Opportunity? High-Value Manufacturing and the Workforce | IPT
Chair: Mark Pawsey MP, Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Speaker: Michael Jude, HR Director, Nissan
Speaker: Dr Pete Osborne, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield University Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Breakfast Meeting


Tuesday 07 June 2022


House of Commons

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The global manufacturing market is worth £6.7 trillion, and the UK is currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation. However, there has been a decline since the 1970s, with the sector accounting for around 8% of value added to the economy, half the level in 1990. The sector will face enormous change from emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and composite materials. Current challenges faced by the sector include a shortage of technical skills to deliver impact from technology innovation, poor upskilling of the existing workforce and a lack of scale in delivering training. The government has declared its intention to build a high-skill, high-wage economy and committed itself in the Innovation Strategy to take a skills value chain approach, alongside commitments to transform further and technical education in England. Alongside early career training, reskilling will be required across the sector with roughly 80% of the next decade’s workforce already working. What steps need to be taken to ensure we have the right skills in the right places and at the right time to meet need and opportunities for UK manufacturing?

This event will:

  • Consider the impact of a skills value chain approach, including centres of innovation and foresighting.
  • Explore existing success in high-value manufacturing and how this can be built upon, including boosting research and development funding.
  • Explore the role high-value manufacturing jobs and skills could play in levelling up.