PANEL - B. Phillips, I.Green, L.Harris, P.D.Allen

14:00 - 14:45

Industry’s need for skilled workers has never been more acute: uncertainty over the availability of overseas workers, the rise of automation bringing with it a need for new skills and manufacturing’s continued image problem mean the sector needs to re-think the way it fills the skills gap. Added to that, the way skills are taught to young people has stagnated – walk into a classroom today, and it wouldn’t look overly different to one of a century ago. This panel discussion aims to challenge that, introducing new ways of thinking about skills, and brings together representatives from leading manufacturers, education providers and government bodies to debate what the industry’s skills requirements are, and how they can be achieved.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How to identify your skills gaps

2. New ways of thinking about skills

3. How automotive giant, Nissan, has inspired schoolchildren across the North-East

4. The power of upskilling existing workers

5. How to prepare your staff for the future of manufacturing

Bekki Phillips, Managing Director, In-Comm Training

Ian Green, Section Manager Process and Technical Training, GTC – UK and Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan Motors UK

Professor Dave Allan, Full Professor & Teaching and Learning Lead, NMiTE

Lance Harris, Manufacturing Sector Lead Prison Industries, Ministry of Justice – New Futures Network