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National Skills Academy unveiled

Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling is to launch the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, one of the first in a national network of academies that have been created to ‘put employers in the training driving seat’.

He said: “Raising skills has to be a national mission. That is why some of the best known manufacturers in this country are on board. They know what it takes to compete and win; they know ‘good enough’ doesn’t work. That is why it is vital the training is designed by these winners for the winners of tomorrow. The new Skills Academy for Manufacturing can be the production line for the next generation of highly trained, highly motivated manufacturing workers. The country needs them.”
Led by SEMTA, the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, together with leading industry employers, the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing is part of a network of academies the Government wants to establish for all the major sectors of the economy to improve productivity and tackle skills shortages across the UK.
It will focus initially on training initiatives to develop and improve the skills of the UK’s existing workforce as part of the adult skills revolution called for by the recently published Leitch Review of Skills.

Graham Pitcher

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