Paul Shakspeare, High Value Manufacturing Catapult 

Manufacturing the future workforce

In the fourth webinar of the series, Paul Shakspeare discussed: Manufacturing the Future Workforce - a systematic view of enabling the right skills in the right place at the right time to meet the future needs and opportunities of our manufacturing sector. 

In the context of the success of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult in its role to deliver the benefits of innovation for the UK manufacturing sector, this talk developed concepts of how Centres of Innovation such as HVM Catapult, can further contribute to the success of industry by responding to the future skills needs of the sector’s workforce.

Together with partners from other Centres of Innovation, HVM Catapult recently undertook an international study with the support of the Gatsby Foundation, to capture examples of good practice in the roles of similar organisations and in their activities with wider education and training networks. This talk highlighted some of these and related them to potential applications in the UK context.

A key finding of the study was the vital need for cooperation and understanding of shared purpose by stakeholders from industry and government. This is necessary to achieve timely and effective workforce outcomes that will help to secure competitive opportunities for business and individuals. This led to the proposal of an inclusive ‘Skills Value Chain’ that would provide a coherent, collaborative structure for those involved at all stages. 

Further reading: Manufacturing the Future Workforce report

About the speaker

Paul is a Fellow of the IMechE and IOM3. After work in the defence industry and technology-based training systems, he established training businesses in the UK, Asia, and Australia for the transport sector. He then provided training and skills consultancy for advanced manufacturing sector organisations, including the National Composites Centre and HVM Catapult. Paul led the recent Gatsby Foundation funded international study into the contribution of Centres of Innovation to workforce development and was co-author of the report ‘Manufacturing the Future Workforce’ published in January 2020. He is now working with colleagues and partner organisations to implement the report’s recommendations.

Manufacturing the future workforce