Transforming Foundation Industries – Future Skills Study


February 18


10:00 pm - 12:00 am

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SQW, an independent research consultancy, are conducting a study for Innovate UK to advise on the current and future skills needs of the Foundation Industry sectors, including metals. The project is part of the government’s £149m Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge, covering cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and chemicals. The Challenge aims to help businesses across these sectors to maintain global competitiveness and drive towards Net Zero. Innovate UK have defined the scope of the Foundation Industries within the Challenge as “manufacturers of core materials that supply other manufacturing and construction firms”, strongly focused on primary producers rather than firms adding value to basic products, such as manufacturing or the formation of end-use products.

As part of this study SQW will be holding six workshops (one for each of the sectors) in February, the duration of a workshop is max. 2hrs. The workshop attendance is limited to 8-10 people.

Can you help by giving SWQ insights into the skills issues that the sector is facing or anticipate facing in order to meet the 2050 target on emissions?

The key issues that SQW hope to cover are:

  • Current and expected skills needs in your sector
  • Key skills challenges as the sector pursues the aspirations of the ISCF and zero carbon
  • What you think will be the most challenging skills issues to address
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current system of skills supply
  • What good practice the sector might learn from?

Later in the study SQW plan to hold cross-sector workshops to develop solutions to address the issues identified at this stage. All information gathered via this workshops will inform a report, written for Innovate UK, setting out the key points raised, including how far they are broadly agreed with and any outlying views. The report will not identify individual contributions or points of view.

When: Thursday 18 February: 14.00-16.00

Register: Please email Kirsi Lintula at ALFED to register your interest: Joining instructions will be emailed couple of days before the workshop takes place.