Research and analysis

Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector

This report, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), examines skills and performance challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector


Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector: infographic

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This report examines skills and performance challenges facing the advanced manufacturing sector. It

  • reviews evidence on the sector’s labour market to identify the outlook for jobs and skills
  • identifies major trends affecting the sector and how the mix of skills needs is likely to change over the next decade
  • discusses employer awareness of and engagement with National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • investigates employers’ perceptions of the skills needs of five specific occupations, and the challenges employers have in meeting those needs. The five occupations are production managers and directors in manufacturing, biological scientists and biochemists, production and process engineers, metal working production and maintenance fitters, and assemblers of electric and electronic products.

It uses a mixed methodology including data analysis, a literature review and in-depth interviews with employers and stakeholders as the basis for analysis.

Also included with this publication is an executive summary, and infographic presenting the findings contained within the report.

Published 29 June 2015