Engineering UK has highlighted a worrying decline of young people undertaking engineering and technology apprenticeships, in their call for evidence, which poses a serious threat to the UK’s economic capacity.
As the UK continues to face a skills crisis, being reluctant to address such a serious threat will only make the matter worse.
We believe the UK needs a comprehensive systems-based approach to skills. Rather than focusing on which skills are currently in shortage, we need a better skills system that can adapt to change and benefit everyone.
At Ufi we champion the power of technology to improve skills for work and deliver better outcomes for all. With the UK facing an unprecedented skills crisis, we know that technology has the capacity to improve how adults across the country get the skills they need now and for the future of work.
Our response to Engineering UK’s call for evidence aims to better understand the barriers young learners face and to raise awareness of potential solutions to increase the number of people completing engineering, manufacturing, and technology apprenticeships.
"To meet the needs of the UK economy we need to stop focusing on skills shortages and instead shift our attention towards creating a comprehensive systems-based approach to skills that includes tech-enabled learning. Apprenticeships offer an accessible path into employment and an effective way for people to gain vocational skills. By integrating technology across the UK’s skills system, including the apprenticeship system, we can provide access to vocational learning for all adults.”
Louise Rowland, Deputy CEO, Ufi VocTech Trust
Our response is supported by case studies from several Ufi funded projects operating across the UK. The relevant projects include:
A learning app for engineering apprentices that uses virtual equipment whic gives learners control over their own learning.
An app that empowers young adults to settle into their apprenticeships and progress into sustainable careers.
A gamified learning platform which bridges the tacit knowledge gap in the engineering sector.
Providing construction students and professionals with online flexible training modules to upskill and gain a recognised, accredited qualification with a bespoke digital assessment tool.
Platform matching a very diverse range of apprentices with high-quality opportunities, enabling apprentices to create a digital profile of their skills and experience.