New advisory group to address education issues

Skills shortages facing UK engineering companies will be tackled by a new government advisory group set up this week. Created at the request of lifelong-learning minister Malcolm Wicks, the group will advise the government on all education and issues facing the engineering community. The group will include representatives from engineering companies, trade associations, trades unions, […]

Skills shortages facing UK engineering companies will be tackled by a new government advisory group set up this week.

Created at the request of lifelong-learning minister Malcolm Wicks, the group will advise the government on all education and issues facing the engineering community.

The group will include representatives from engineering companies, trade associations, trades unions, the Engineering Council, training associations and the Department for Education and Employment.

Ann Bailey, head of education and training at the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said 96% of the engineering community will be represented by the group. `This is a superb opportunity. We work very hard trying to influence policy, and being able to report directly to a minister is really exciting news,’ she said.

The group is expected to work closely with the National Training Organisation’s Group for Engineering, which was set up last month to create a more unified approach to engineering training, and is led by the Engineering and Marine Training Authority.

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