The summer period brings with it a great deal of planning activity in colleges across the country, as well as (hopefully) some time for a well-earned break before the start of the new academic year. Ensuring real demand from employers is a crucial prerequisite step to investment when developing new programmes to avoid the ‘one hit wonders’ that do not recruit, or are out-of-kilter with market needs. Undertaking effective horizon scanning to identify and predict skills growth is essential in course development, but it is a complex and time-consuming process.
NEF’s STEM Foresight – a horizon scanning publication - provides a regional and sector focused economic analysis and a comprehensive view of the labour market needs in UK regions. It takes an in-depth look at the changes in skills brought about by the adoption of advanced processes and technologies in science, engineering and technology sectors.
In the summer edition of STEM Foresight, we focused on the new and emerging engineering and manufacturing technologies that are driving labour market needs in the North West, West Midlands and East Midlands. We also put the case for colleges to embrace 3D printing, and support computing and engineering lecturers to introduce new concepts into the curriculum and support training and apprenticeship programmes.
In this issue, we also take a look at the framework for the Traineeship Programme and highlight some concerns raised by industry and FE colleges about its focus and potential for expansion.
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