Fill 1 Minecraft-Logo-768x432 Copy Fill 1
Get free Engineering Courses on Engage

For

Employers

See, develop and make visible the skills you need to succeed in engineering, today and tomorrow.

For

Educators

EAL, specialist skills, awarding and assessment services organisation for industry.

For

Professionals

See, develop and make visible the skills you need to succeed in engineering, today and tomorrow.

For

Career Seekers

Discover, develop and make visible the skills you need to succeed in engineering.

What is Enginuity?

We create practical solutions for individuals, educators, and manufacturing and engineering employers, using unmatched industry expertise and data. Our ‘Enginuity’ in marrying our engineering expertise with ingenuity with data, is how we will design and constantly improve solutions that provide a great user experience, create new solutions that are easy to integrate, and prove the business case for engineering skills development.

Innovation Lab

Where engineering expertise meets ingenuity with data, sparking new ideas and solutions to see and develop the engineering skills people and businesses need to succeed.

Insights

Find all the latest insight and analysis, from the major engineering and manufacturing sectors and from across the UK, in one place.

News & Events

The Enginuity Skills Awards 2020 will see industry leaders gather to recognise the brilliant apprentices, champions of skills development, and innovative engineers tackling society’s biggest challenges, who will ensure the future of a sector that is the backbone of the UK economy.

Careers

We exist to give one Engineer the opportunity to change their world and ours. Enginuity provides such opportunity through the creation of practical skills solutions for individuals, educators, and manufacturing and engineering employers who want to see and develop the skills they need to succeed.

Contact

Challenge and Opportunity – Sector Connector Enginuity Helps Build Back Better

Author

Ann Watson
Chief Executive Officer

Date

03/03/2021

Categories

Enginuity news, Industry news

very welcome capital investment must be matched by a robust commitment to skills and training, and on this, the Budget is potentially far less transformative

There was much for engineering and manufacturing businesses to cheer in today’s Budget – and it provides a strong foundation on which the sector can start to build for a green, high-tech post-pandemic future. The Chancellor has clearly signalled the direction of travel he wants our economy to take – and our sector will be crucial if he’s to get there.

The new UK Infrastructure Bank will have a twin focus on tackling climate change and promoting economic growth across the United Kingdom. There will be extra money for new green, high-tech projects such as a hydrogen hub in Holyhead and an Energy Transition Zone in Aberdeen. There will be a new ‘superdeduction’ which means businesses will effectively be paid to invest in their futures.

However, a project is only as good as those working on it. New equipment is only useful to people who know how to use it. And that’s why there must be a twin-track approach to investment in that green, high-tech future for the UK. All of that very welcome capital investment must be matched by a robust commitment to skills and training – and on this, the Budget is potentially far less transformative.

The word ‘infrastructure’ pops up 41 times in the Budget document – but ‘skills’ has just 25 mentions, and much of the investment in skills that the Chancellor referred to today had already been announced. The Lifelong Skills Guarantee, sector-based work academies, free Level 2 and 3 learning for young people who can’t find work, skills bootcamps, expansion of Traineeships – all policies which have been announced during the pandemic and all policies which got another airing today.

What new announcements there were on skills will be welcomed for what they are by employers in engineering and manufacturing – although they are unlikely on their own to deliver the major sustained boost needed to the sector’s skills base. For example, employers are hardly likely to turn their noses up at grants of £3,000 per apprentice taken on (plus £1,000 more for the youngest). However, research we’ve undertaken during the pandemic (and set to be published next month in a full report – so watch this space!) suggests that where employers have been making use of such policy initiatives they’ve largely done so to support activities that were already going ahead, not to generate new activity. Initiatives such as Kickstart, by contrast, haven’t cut through in nearly the same way.

Extra help to bring in the best talent from outside of the UK, through a simplified, fast-tracked visa process, will help employers to bridge gaps at the highest skills levels – but this is not in itself a sustainable long-term solution to the UK’s skills challenges. It also does nothing to alleviate pressures at lower levels. There remains a major skills shortage in engineering and manufacturing at technician level, and there is going to be a significant need to up- and reskill existing workers in the sector. This isn’t news to the government – that need will be generated, in part, by the government’s own strong focus on green and cutting-edge technology, and government reviews have clearly mapped out how the labour market is going to change.

Despite the warm words from government, we still need greater action on skills if we’re going to mitigate the impact of those changes on the engineering and manufacturing workforce. We know from our research (as mentioned the full report will be out next month) that training providers are up for the challenge of developing the talent our sector needs. Employers in engineering and manufacturing are, as ever, committed to growing their own talent. The new National Manufacturing Skills Taskforce has been set up to provide the necessary strategic leadership, ensuring that the sector as a whole can move forward towards a high-skill, green, high-tech future.

As we chart the UK’s course out of the pandemic, and as we begin to think about the future of engineering and manufacturing, that strategic leadership is going to be needed more than ever. In the absence of the robust government action on skills that we need, Enginuity will continue to work with industry, apprentices, engineers and everybody else who has an interest in engineering a green, prosperous and highly-skilled United Kingdom. Our door is always open!

Share

Industry news

Brain Games Block Brain Drains

Digital Brain games in the workplace are to be used to block a massive post-pandemic brain drain threatening UK industry, it has been announced.

Read more

Enginuity news, Industry news

Government Intervention Called for Before Parliamentary Summer Recess

The supply chain to the UK’s leading manufacturers is teetering on the edge of collapse this summer and needs urgent Government intervention – Enginuity has warned.

Read more

Industry news

Manufacturing Resilience Report

Enginuity is proud to sponsor a new report on the future of the UK’s manufacturing sector: Manufacturing Resilience, Driving Recovery towards Net Zero.

Read more

Enginuity news

World Autism Awareness Week 2021

This week we celebrate World Autism Awareness Week. The United Nations also recognise the 2nd of April as World Autism Awareness Day. This is a subject really close to my heart.

Read more

Close

Close

Close

Get Started

Minecraft Gamertag

Gamertag is required

No gamertag?

You’ll need to sign up on Minecraft.net

Next