This workshop will run twice at 10.15am and 12.30pm. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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The number of young people emerging from school post-16 is projected to fall in the future, UK manufacturers will need to broaden their approach to attract and retain workers from a wider talent pool. With UK manufacturers still employing an overwhelmingly male workforce, seeking more women and also workers from other sectors with transferable skills will be two key ways in which manufacturers will plug the skills gaps they face.

Also, with 80% of the employees who manufacturers will train in the future already in the workforce, businesses will need to upskill their current workforces with new digital and technical skills as new technologies emerge and this will require a holistic view of the workplace – from young entrants, to mid-career employees to older workers.

This workshop will highlight some examples of good practice and success stories with some key practical examples from all levels of the workforce.



Key Takeaways

  • Manufacturers need to change their outlook, and think outside the box when looking for new talent, focussing more on what’s available locally and new recruits not previously considered.
  • Groups of workers – ex-offenders, older workers, and those with some transferable skills from other sectors, have proven to be successful new talent for some manufacturers
  • Retaining workers for longer, and re-training them, will be key at a time when accessing  new workers with technical skills from outside the UK becomes difficult, expensive, or impossible
  • Attracting more women, full-time and part-time, will be vital to fill roles formerly satisfied from non-UK workers.



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