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INDUSTRY NEWS British Business ‘In The Dark’ On Apprentice Future Skills Boss Calls For Clarity British businesses – and a generation of young people – are on tenterhooks about the future of apprenticeships. Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not for profit employer-led organisation, tasked with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing – has called for clarity regarding impending plans. Semta, which represents almost 146,000 companies large and small, has been advising industry to help mould policy to the benefit of British business. Speaking at the launch of The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham –where 140 apprentices will compete in the national finals of the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions, she revealed that most companies are clueless as to what is in store. She said: “Our research is unequivocal – British business is totally in the dark as to what changes are in the pipeline and when they may be implemented. “We applaud the Government’s target to produce 3 million new apprenticeships during this Parliament – but industry does need to know details of the plan as soon as possible. Everything seems to be hanging on some kind of announcement next week around the much anticipated Comprehensive Spending Review. “Semta is totally committed to playing a pivotal role in skilling Britain – we have the knowledge, the expertise, the heritage – and most importantly the trust of employers and industry. “Semta has recently supported employers in the research and publication of detailed plans as to how to create sustainable models for apprenticeships Apprenticeships for Future - Governance Model Report for AME Sector in conjunction with the Aerospace Growth Partnership, Automotive Industrial Partnership and Defence Growth Partnership – and acted as a key conduit for business to comment on the proposed apprenticeship levy – now we are keen to know the Government’s conclusions. “Business needs time to put these plans in to action – and so clarity cannot come quick enough.” Last month Skills Minister Nick Boles MP, told the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, sponsored by Semta’s subsidiary, awarding organisation EAL – that an Apprenticeship Levy on ‘larger businesses’ would allow them to fund apprenticeships further down the supply chain. “It all sounds tantalisingly good,” said Ann, “but it is a major step change and everyone needs enough time to put it into practice.” For more information visit www.semta.org.uk INDUSTRY DIARY JANUARY Electroplating, Anodising & Galvanizing Automotive Ovens, Spraybooths & Process Heating Paint & Powder Surface Preparation, Degreasing & Cleaning Water & Effluent Treatment Testing & Measurement Paint Robots & Automation December 2015 MARCH ‘17 JUNE Conveyors & Materials Handling MAY ‘16 MAY Masking – Tapes, Caps & Plugs APRIL ‘16 APRIL Pumps & Filtration MARCH ‘16 MARCH Pre-Treatment MARCH ‘16 FEBRUARY 24 Aerospace FEBRUARY ‘16 Forthcoming Editorial International Events Surface Treatment Eurasia February 11 - 14, 2016 / Tüyap Fair Convention & Congress Center E-5 Karayolu Üzeri, Gürpınar Kavşağı, 34500 Istanbul, Turkey Email: ceyda.alp@hf-turkey.com / www.win-metalworking.com Expo-Surface Kielce March 9 - 11, 2016 / Targi Kielce Exhibition & Congress Centre Zakładowa 1, 25672 Kielce, Œwiêtokrzyskie, Poland Email: expo-surface@targikielce.pl / www.expo-surface.pl Trattamenti & Finiture March 17 - 19, 2016 / Viale Delle Esposizioni, 393/A I-43126 Parma, Parma, Italy Email: mecspe@senaf.it / www.mecspe.com PaintExpo Karlsruhe April 19 - 22, 2016 / Exhibition Centre Karlsruhe Messeallee 1, 76287 Rheinstetten, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Email: gneiting@fairfair.de / www.paintexpo.com O&S Stuttgart May 31 - 2 June, 2016 / Messe Stuttgart Messepiazza 1, 70629 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Email: info@messe.de / www.ounds-messe.de SURFACE WORLD LIVE 2017 March 22 - 23, 2017 / NEC, Birmingham Pavilion 1, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT, United Kingdom Email: nigelbean1@aol.com / www.surfaceworld.com read online @ www.surfaceworld.com