The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector has been a priority for the ESB since our inception in 2014. The sector is a hugely important contributor to Essex's economy offering a wide variety of careers and opportunities to the residents of Essex, however it also faces a number of skills challenges. We have been working closely with the sector across Essex, as well as our training providers, to help address these.
This sector employs more than 50,000 people in over 4,200 companies in Essex.
Essex Employers include: BAE Systems, Case New Holland, e2v Technologies, EBM Papst UK Ltd., Fläkt Woods, Ford, Ipeco Holdings, Konica Minolta, Raytheon UK, Selex Galileo, Truck-Lite Europe, Visteon.
The local authority areas with the largest clusters of enterprises are Basildon, Braintree and Southend-on-Sea.
The sector has a number of skills challenges which include:
- A negative perception of the sector continues to act as a barrier to recruitment. There continues to be a need to raise the profile of the sector amongst parents, tutors, teachers and young people.
- Businesses often struggle to recruit suitably skilled staff locally.
- Women continue to be under-represented within the sector which adds to skills shortages and can stifle innovation
Advanced Manufacturing Sector Action Group
What is it?
The sector action group is made up of employers and other stakeholders who want to make a positive contribution to addressing the skills challenges within the sector. The group works together to identify and develop industry led solutions to the skills challenges within the sector.
What is it doing?
The sector action group has highlighted the importance of developing closer relationships between employers and local training providers in order to enable employer led curriculum and inform careers information. As a result the group established a pilot Tutor CPD programme for FE colleges. You can find out more about this programme here.
Members of the group also work closely to help deliver activity through out Education and Industry STEM programme, which has a particular focus to inspire the next generation to enter the sector. The group is particularly keen to increse the proportion of females entering the industry and is looking to develop programmes of activity to help support this.
We need employers to help us tackle the skills challenges in Essex. Can you help?