Global: UK factory workers want to upskill


Research has revealed that 80 percent of UK manufacturing employees desire to upskill in 2022, while the government hopes reskilling workers will create business growth.
As a result, the UK government has opened the ‘Skills for Life’ campaign, for employers to increase their growth by reskilling their workforce. The campaign encourages employers to upskill their workforce, in preparation for post-pandemic economic recovery.

In a Censuswide survey of 4,000 people, the results showed:

  • 69 per cent of people wanted to increase their job satisfaction in 2022 
  • 67 percent said the key to achieving their work goals was through gaining new skills
  • 28 percent of workers said that ‘opportunities to learn’ were top goals 

Manufacturing workers are most keen to explore: 

  • IT (20%)
  • Finance (16%) 
  • Business (16%)
  • Sustainability (11%) 
  • Transferable technology skills 

According to Heineken UK managing director David Flochel, recent demands within the food and drink sector have been immense. “Having robust skills programmes in place has enabled our colleagues to adapt and thrive over the last two years, despite all the challenges of the pandemic. Skills opportunities can make a real difference for everyone, regardless of the stage of their career.” 
David Flochel added that the Skills for Life campaign also provides a route for anyone to develop skills which can improve their life, through enhancing their career options. A focus on skills which are transferable across roles, employers and industries are a top priority for the development of everyone in Heineken.”
Ford Motor Company chair Tim Slatter also explained that the company  has an established history of developing apprentices. 
“Our Advanced (L4) and Higher (L6) apprenticeships continue to prove invaluable to develop workplace-ready talent in emerging technology disciplines. In addition to recruiting new apprentices, Ford is leaning into senior (L6-7) apprenticeships supporting a major programme of new-technology up-skilling of existing employees, as the automotive industry moves further into electrified and connected technologies,” Slatter said.


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