Policy Connect – Supporting UK Manufacturing Skills in a post Covid-19 world

The ERA proud to sponsor Policy Connects 'Supporting UK Manufacturing Skills in a post-Covid-19 world' report.

The report comes at a critical time for the Engineering industry as Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the world’s perception of manufacturing.

Before COVID Engineering was associated with heavy industry, in a time of global crisis the sector has shown its ness city to daily life: from PPE, to vaccines and ventilators. It has never been clearer that a strong economy needs a strong manufacturing sector.

The report outlines the importance of government supporting the development of UK manufacturing skills to ensure an adaptable, capable and diverse workforce by:

  1. Putting manufacturing at the heart of tackling urgent societal challenges, including Covid-19 recovery
  2. Levelling up through job creation and business growth
  3. Creating a route to a net-zero and digitalised society.

Co-author Shiza Naveed, Policy Connect, explains that “Covid-19 has presented an opportunity for the sector to reflect on its skills needs going forwards and create an environment where manufacturing professionals reskill and upskill in line with demand. The examples of existing good practice the inquiry found shows that we can do this, but that there is more the government needs to do to support the sector across the board, in order for it to support society’s transition to net zero

The report underscores how Engineering will need to combine inclusivity and diversity to actively draw on the strengths and talents of the whole population and recommends that government needs to drive forward the equality objectives published in July 2021 in order to create a more inclusive, accessible and diverse manufacturing sector actively drawing on all talents.

Download the report at policyconnect.org.uk

About the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG)

The APMG is at the forefront of the policy debate, parliamentary engagement and research related to manufacturing and industry.

By holding regular events and seminars in Parliament, the APMG seeks to bring parliamentarians together with industry and the commercial sector to better understand the sector challenges. The APMG publish a monthly newsletter to Parliament and its members, with summaries of manufacturing policy stories, industry news, and other political developments, along with research-based briefing papers on topical legislation.

The arms-length Manufacturing Commission produces research reports with evidence-based recommendations for government informed by our members.

About Policy Connect

Policy Connect is a cross-party think tank with five main policy pillars which are: Assistive & Accessible Technology; Education & Skills; Health; Industry, Technology & Innovation; and Sustainability.

We specialise in supporting parliamentary groups, forums and commissions for which Policy Connect provides the secretariat and delivers impactful policy research and event programmes. Our collaboration with parliamentarians through these groups allows us to influence public policy in Westminster and Whitehall. We are a social enterprise and are funded by a combination of regular annual membership subscriptions and time-limited sponsorships.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident and London Living Wage employer, and a member of Social Enterprise UK.