Is the education system a disaster for industry?

The Annual Manufacturing Report 2018 launched this month and revealed that 57 per cent of manufacturers think the education system is a disaster for industry. Apparently, nothing less than a total overhaul of the educational infrastructure will suffice. 

By Carla Mateus, account executive at Stone Junction.

This certainly resonates with me, as someone who has worked in schools in the past. I have witnessed first-hand the increased pressures and lack of funding that schools are facing every day.

If only two per cent of respondents believe wholeheartedly that the system is producing young people suitable for careers in industry, we need to analyse the skills gap and get to the crux of this problem.

It is reassuring that 86 per cent of manufacturers acknowledge their responsibility to get involved with schools and provide training for employees. It is this that will shape the workforce of the future.

Companies have been encouraged to set up their own in-house training units, making use of the Apprenticeship Levy and formulating a training programme that is 100 per cent tailored to their company’s needs. What better way to source the right skills, than nurturing home-grown talent in the organisation?

While working in technical PR, I have seen the benefits of this real-world education. I have witnessed great ambassadors of women in engineering, who have started out as apprentices and gone on to study for an engineering degree, sponsored by the business.

In fact, one of Stone Junction's award-winning campaigns last year was for its work in education PR. FTSE250 listed engineering company, Renishaw, wanted to increase applications to its general and software apprenticeship schemes. Our efforts resulted in a 17.8 per cent increase in applications. You can find out more about this campaign here.

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