New Skills Academy a welcome move
New Skills Academy a welcome move says REC Engineering & Technical
The announcement of a new rail engineering skills academy by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills has been welcomed by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Engineering & Technical sector.
A network of academies is being established through 3 million from the Skills Funding Agency and which are backed by Network Rail, TfL, Rail Freight Group and the Rail Industry Association.
Commenting on the setting up of the academy, Philip Higgins, Chair of REC Engineering & Technical sector group said: One of the challenges facing this sector is the forecast future skills shortages employers will face.
Engineering as a career is not being promoted early enough by the education system and this needs to be changed. The creation of these skills academies is a welcome move to address what will be a serious challenge for future engineering projects such as High Speed Two.
National Skills Academies bring together employers, the government and learning providers to coordinate training programmes to raise the level of skills within each sector, to the level required by employers.
REC Engineering & Technical will continue to work closely with these new bodies to ensure the practicalities of what is happening on the ground, and the requirements from clients, are being translated into the skills provision within the industry.