An initiative will be launched today with the aim of creating a more unified approach to engineering training by bringing training providers together under one banner.
The new group, led by the Engineering and Marine Training Authority, will allow the 46 national training organisations involved in engineering to work together on common training goals and policies.
Dr Michael Sanderson, chief executive of Emta, said that many of the organisations covered tiny industry sectors, and the boundaries between them were being constantly blurred.
`Old definitions within engineering are being broken down as companies undergo rapid transformation. By 2020 many of the existing engineering terms will be obsolete – half of them are already,’ he said.
Sanderson added that the organisation would look at issues such as occupational standards, and how schoolchildren can be encouraged to study maths and science-based subjects.
`We will try to identify areas where not much is happening and address them, rather than duplicating work that is already being done,’ he said.
The umbrella organisation will have an annual budget of £100,000, on top of the 46 organisations’ individual budgets, and will be chaired by Terry Lazenby, former engineering director of BP International.
Other organisations, such as the Engineering Employers Federation, the Engineering Council and the trade unions, will also be invited to take part. Ann Bailey, head of education and training at the EEF, said the move would reduce artificial divisions. `Engineering cuts across different sectors. Working together is bound to help industry,’ she said.
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