Labor Skills Revolution in Manufacturing


In manufacturing, companies are joining the ‘skills revolution’ after new research finds that 80% of manufacturing employees want to upskill in 2022.

The British government has launched the “Skills for Life” campaign, for employers to increase their growth by reskilling their workforce.

The campaign encourages employers to upgrade the skills of their workforce, in preparation for post-pandemic economic recovery.

In a Censuswide survey of 4,000 people, results showed:

  • 69% of people wanted to increase their job satisfaction in 2022
  • 67% said the key to achieving their career goals was learning new skills
  • 28% of workers said ‘opportunities to learn’ were their top goals

Manufacturing workers are most eager to explore:

  • IT (20%)
  • Finance (16%)
  • Business (16%)
  • Durability (11%)

Manufacturing employers support the Skills for Life campaign.

“Recent demands from those in the food and beverage industry have been immense – having strong skills programs in place has enabled our colleagues to adapt and thrive over the past two years, despite all the challenges of the pandemic,” said David Flochel, Chief Executive Officer. from Heineken UK. “Skills opportunities can make a real difference for everyone, at whatever stage of their career. We help our colleagues play their part or prepare for their next challenge through a mix of internally and externally recognized initiatives. The Skills for Life campaign offers everyone a way to develop skills that can improve their lives, improving their career options. The sense of empowerment and possibility that this type of campaign can provide should not be underestimated. A focus on transferable skills across roles, employers and industries is a top priority for everyone’s development at Heineken.

“Ford Motor Co in the UK has a proud and established history of developing apprentices. Our advanced (L4) and higher (L6) apprenticeships continue to prove invaluable in developing work-ready talent in emerging technology disciplines” , said Tim Slatter, President of Ford Motor Company Ltd. “In addition to recruiting new apprentices, Ford is leveraging senior apprenticeships (L6-7) supporting a significant development program for existing employees in the area of ​​new technologies. , as the automotive industry moves more towards electrified and connected technologies.


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