Engineering Talent – Autumn/Winter 2019
The ambition for this innovation is evident in its name.
closeup picture: trainer and apprentice in vocational training on a milling machine - teacher explains details of the machine
The road to a successful career can be long with many pitstops along the way. It starts by deciding which course and qualification to do, before choosing the right centre to train at. It must be a place that provides the ability to expand knowledge by giving access to the right information, and then the opportunity to qualify with a reputable body. The road continues with finding appropriate jobs to apply for and then there’s the long application process – and this is before even entering the home straight of getting to the interview stage.
EAL working with Semta Group’s Innovation Lab recognised that this arduous journey was preventing new engineering talent from starting and getting to where they wanted to be. A road with too many turns and obstacles is one that promising people may decide not to take. And these frustrations don’t lie with just the individuals wanting to pursue a career in manufacturing and engineering. Large employers struggle to find the ‘right’ person amongst thousands of applicants, while small and medium- sized organisations often struggle to attract any talent at all. This can lead to promising talent being lost to other sectors before they have even begun to work in AME. On top of all this, training providers tire of students being led down wrong turns, emerging with unreliable and unusable research.
As a sector connector, we set about finding a way to smooth out and connect this disparate and bumpy journey, making it easier and more enjoyable to navigate. After all, learning, training and recruitment are not isolated destinations in and of themselves. They are very much interlinked points of a lifelong journey. As a leader in the engineering and manufacturing space, Semta’s aim was to create a single centralised hub where all three elements could come together. The result is Engineering Talent.
The ambition for this innovation is evident in its name – we want to ‘engineer talent’. We aim to support and harness career development by providing budding engineers with clear pathways to the careers they want, training providers with a tool to assist with learning, and employers with a platform where they can find a wealth of talent to recruit.
For learning and training purposes, the platform already hosts relevant, reliable and trusted learning content from the likes of Learning Lounge, Electude and EAL. Recruitment-wise, it provides a portal where individuals can showcase their skills, knowledge and qualifications, and apply for jobs posted by the companies they want to work for. Employers can use it to select the talent they want to join their teams, and to host their own training material.
New and exciting, Engineering Talent may only be in its infancy, but it is already gaining sector-wide recognition. In October, the platform won Innovation of the Year at the 2019 Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Awards. And Semta has big plans for quickly scaling it into a tool that will be indispensable as Industry 4.0 continues to change our world. Marrying engineering expertise and data is at the heart of Industry 4.0, and this is exactly what Engineering
Engineering talent may only be in its infancy, but is already gaining sector-wide recognition
How else is Engineering Talent being developed in line with Industry 4.0? Like any solution that is going to be a success moving forward, two of the crucial elements are accessibility and intuitiveness. Today, we demand (and increasingly expect) ease of use and speed without compromising on quality. Engineering Talent offers this in the form of accessibility and intuitiveness. Available online anywhere, it uses data and parameters to place relevant information right in front of users – be they individuals, employers or educators.
The journey doesn’t stop here, though – or ever. Yes, we all want to get the right people in the right jobs. But we also want them to stay. And one thing is for sure with all the advancements that Industry 4.0 brings – nobody can stay in a job if they stop learning. Engineering Talent is an incredibly valuable learning companion for the existing workforce that can be used to upskill and retrain to meet the changing needs of Industry 4.0. Continual personal development is, and always has been, a crucial element to the engineering and manufacturing sector and this is where Engineering Talent also shines. It gives employers the ability to upskill and retrain their current employees, either by accessing existing materials or uploading their own. If we maximise on talent, interest and willingness, what we’re left with is a committed workforce that steps up to the exciting changes and challenges of Industry 4.0.
So, what does the future hold for this new innovation? Since its inception within EAL, through the first phase of its release, Semta Group has learned a lot from Engineering Talent. And we have now taken those learnings back to our Innovation Lab. We’re already working on some exciting new skills development tools there, ready to launch in a few months’ time. Beyond this, we are committed to continually developing the platform to take it from its nascent form to a point where it offers true interconnectedness for individuals, educators and employers. Not only this, skills data collated from this one solution will help us improve all the solutions we offer. We are already gaining valuable insights from the platform, which can instantly inform our policy work, allow our awarding offering to meet new and emerging needs, and provide us with the insight we need to develop new solutions in the future.
Precisely engineered for those in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, we want you to tell us what you want and need from Engineering Talent. What information and resources do you want to see on this all-encompassing skills development portal that will help you fulfil your ambition in the engineering and manufacturing sector – be that as a learner, an educator or an employer.
Help us help you by emailing your suggestions to [email protected]. For more information please visit engineeringtalent.org.uk.
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