Talent 2030 and Talent 2050: Tackling Britain’s Engineering Skills and Education for the Future
To ensure Britain’s global competitiveness it needs high level engineering skills within a diverse workforce. The Talent 2050 programme, “identifies areas of potential disruption, explores changes required to meet today’s, and future, challenges with relevant and effective education, and recommends changes to enable future prosperity”. It will take 20 years to take a generation from early years to graduation. Thus, we have just 10 years to identify what works and what must be put in place.
Current research and NCUB workshops have found that a broader skills set is needed. Necessary technical skills and a broader skill set are required for practical employability. In addition, recruitment and selection processes need to be optimised to enhance diversity. Fixed qualification requirements are particularly seen as a barrier. We also need to change the attitudes and subject choices of young people. Our Talent 2030 campaign aims to address this problem by changing girl’s attitudes that engineering is not for them. Leading figures in industry and Higher Education launched Talent 2030 to encourage more talented young people to pursue careers in engineering. Consequently, the National Engineering Competition for Girls was set up to encourage school pupils to try out their engineering skills, working on a project which addresses a 21st problem. Alongside changing attitudes and subject choices we also need to consider the attraction of reskilling those already in work.
The next phase of the Talent 2050 programme will look at how future possibilities will shape our skills needs, both for the engineering sector, and for engineering-type skills across sectors and society. The final report will be published early in 2019.
For more information please visit:
National Centre for Universities and Bussiness http://www.ncub.co.uk/reports/talent-2050-engineering-skills-and-education-for-the-future
National Centre for Universities and Bussiness http://www.ncub.co.uk/latest-news/talent-2050-ensuring-future-global-competitiveness
Paul Jackson, Executive Director of Jasia Education Ltd http://www.ncub.co.uk/blog/talent-2050-ensuring-future-global-competitiveness
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