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Confidence Index Roundtable
Matchtech shared the findings of the 2014 Confidence Index with 17 key opinion leaders representing professional institutions, trade associations and corporate organisations across primary sectors of the engineering industry, at a roundtable debate on 25th November 2014 in London. After the roundtable we interviewed the delegates on a number of topics featured in the results & report. Please view the videos below.
Roundtable delegates acknowledged that the 2014 Confidence Index depicts a positive picture of the engineering industry, with a community that is increasingly confident in its role in the UK and global economy. Engineers are also showing themselves as more confident in their careers, and the delegates highlighted that its industries place to ensure this confidence is maintained.
2. Celebrating engineering excellence
Delegates at the roundtable were quick to acknowledge the remarkable engineering talent that resides in the UK and the responsibility that Industry has to look after the people that deliver examples of the UKs engineering excellence.
3. Supporting a pipeline of talent
The roundtable delegates agreed with the survey respondents that the ageing workforce is the single biggest challenge facing the UK’s engineering industry. The long-term solution to providing the industry with an abundance of skilled professionals lies with bringing in the next generation of engineers.
4. Improving the skills base
Up-skilling, retraining and the transfer of workers from other sectors (and the military) were seen as key initiatives to improving the skills base for the engineering industry. Promoting apprenticeships to older students (‘adult apprenticeships’), is a route to engineering that delegates agreed had not been properly explored and had potential in moderating the skills gap.
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