With more than 1,700 Apprentices across seven centres, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult boasts one of the largest apprentice populations in the UK.
Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training with studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. Apprentices earn while they learn and work alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills.
Apprentices are not the only part of the skills picture. To meet the aims of turning the UK into an industrial superpower, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and spurring industrial digitalisation, future skills gaps must be identified and filled through appropriate training courses now.
High Value Manufacturing Catapult is working with Department for Education (DfE) and delivery partners to make sure the UK workforce has the skills needed to meet future challenges. This is being achieved through the Emerging Skills Programme (ESP), which is based on High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Skills Value Chain model, which was identified as part of a programme of works with The Gatsby Foundation.
Currently in the review phase, ESP will lead to the provision of a series of training assets in areas such as electrification and digitalisation, which learning providers and organisations across the UK will find crucial to equip the workforce of the future.