14 August 2014
New Skills Investment Plan aims to meet
future demand of 2,500 job opportunities a year in £9billion
An action plan aimed at helping Scotland's engineering and
advanced manufacturing sector attract the new entrants it needs has
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) joined key industry figures,
stakeholders and employers to launch the Skills Investment Plan for
the sector this morning at the Glasgow Science Centre.
The plan sets out ways in which the engineering and advanced
manufacturing sector can tackle some of the potential skills
challenges it faces, with replacement demand expected to create job
opportunities for 2500 people each year.
Among the priorities the industry will address through the plan
are improving awareness of engineering careers among young people,
and addressing the gender imbalance by encouraging more women to
enter the sector.
The sector is worth £9billion a year to the Scottish economy and
employs more than 126,000 people, with Scotland being home to more
than 13,000 engineering-related enterprises.
John McClelland CBE, Chair of SDS, said: "This action plan is
more than just an aspiration, it's a necessity given the
fundamental importance of engineering as a key driver of the
"We have worked in partnership with key skills groups, industry
stakeholders and employers to develop an action plan which has a
pivotal role to play in ensuring that Scotland's engineering and
manufacturing business base is promoted and nurtured.
"Only if we do this can we inspire this generation and future
generations of young people to pursue a career in engineering and
advanced manufacturing, cementing Scotland's place at the forefront
of the industry."
Key themes of the action plan include:
Selma Hunter, Director of engineering firm Doosan Babcock and
Chair of the Engineering Skills Leadership Group said: "The sector
in Scotland is emerging from the recent global downturn and is now
showing positive signs of recovery and making solid progress, with
businesses at the cutting edge of productivity enhancement and
effective skills development.
"This document sets out the strategy of sector engagement and
how we plan to address some of the potential skills challenges the
"In addition, we must continue to encourage increased uptake in
the Modern Apprenticeship programme in order to meet future skills
The Skills Investment Plan was welcomed by Bryan Buchan, Chief
Executive of industry group Scottish Engineering. He said: "For a
number of years we have been focusing on potential engineers from
all levels of education including primary, secondary, graduate and
modern apprenticeships. Each of these areas is essential in
promoting one of Scotland's key industry sectors.
"This action plan is key to our recruitment processes, showing
just how important our industry is and how its continuing success
adds to the economic wellbeing of the country."
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NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Skills Investment Plan for the Engineering and Advanced
Manufacturing Sector can be downloaded from the SDS website
OurSkillsForce.co.uk - the web service for employers offering help
on planning, recruiting and developing a skilled workforce.
Employers can also call the Employer Helpline on 0800 783