Morson Training Director, Matthew Leavis, contributes to this article by Raconteur ‘Can the UK bridge its net-zero infrastructure skills chasm?’. In the article, Matt explains how Morson Training’s dedicated upskilling and reskilling programmes, with a unique focus on tech, are helping the UK’s engineering workforce to keep pace.
Major transportation projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and the Stonehenge Tunnel are also set to rely on a transition of engineering skills.
For example, the rail industry has an ageing workforce, with more than 28% of the current workforce over 50 years old, according to research from City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail. This means the focus has so far been on securing the talent pipeline, with apprenticeships forming an essential route for young people to start a career in the sector.
However, work is also ongoing to help existing workers embrace digitisation as a path to safer, more efficient and more sustainable working. Specialist engineering and technical recruitment firm Morson Group supports clients with this skills challenge through its training delivery arm, which has been heavily involved in HS2 and other major rail projects, often upskilling contractors in the use of technologies that didn’t exist when they began their careers.
Through its Pathfinder Academy, the company works with employers to retrain existing employees, those who have left the sector or retired, and people from more diverse talent pools, through digital engineering boot camps. By the end of April, the Morson training division will have trained 175 new entrants and upskilled 50 existing workers in the North West, with plans to roll out this model nationally.
Morson also runs ‘train the trainer’ boot camps, upskilling those in training roles to help them overcome resistance to digitisation and to use tech such as VR and digital twins as part of the training methodology.
This upskilling component is likely to be particularly important, as it should help free up entry-level roles for people coming into the sector. What’s more, ongoing training opportunities should make transport more appealing for people at all stages of their careers.
Read the full article on the Raconteur website here.
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