Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
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Semta is responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors. Led by employers, their job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power the engineering, science and manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage.
Semta is a well-established organisation, formed in July 1991, with origins going back to the mid-sixties and the Industrial Training Act of 1964:
1964 - Engineering Industry Training Board The EITB had the power to impose a financial training levy on employers over a certain size. Employers who could prove a good track record of training activity could be granted exemption from most of the levy.
1991 - The Engineering Training Authority The Engineering Training Authority was created from the EITB and allocated some of its assets. A new voluntary organisation was created called EnTra, the Engineering Training Authority, which had no statutory levy-raising powers.
1996 - EMTA A merger with the Marine and Engineering Training Association, spawned EMTA, which took responsibility for engineering and manufacturing skills, as one of more than 70 National Training Organisations. These were effectively taken out by the Government in March 2002 when their support funding was withdrawn.
2003 - Semta In 2003 Semta successfully bid for a licence as a sector skills council following the merger of EMTA with the Science Technology and Mathematics Council. In 2005 Semta merged with MetSkill and in 2006 set up the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing to help raise the sector's global competitiveness by developing top quality, fit-for-purpose solutions to critical training and development needs.
In 2005 Semta underwent a review by the National Audit Office and was successfully relicensed.
As a government-licensed sector skills council, Semta performs many essential roles, including the development of comprehensive National Occupational Standards and apprenticeship frameworks that can be practically applied by employers and the design and development of skills solutions which satisfy employers' needs.
Today: Semta is responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors. Led by employers, our job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage.
It represents 128,000 businesses who employ around 1.66 million people. The Chief Executive is Sarah Sillars OBE.
Importance of science and engineering
The sector generates annual revenues of £309 billion for the UK economy.
Standards and frameworks are the platform on which all sector qualifications and apprenticeships are based, and innovative skills solutions and practical employer support, delivered by expert teams of advisors, help businesses of all sizes to achieve the skills they need for success. Attracting the best new entrants completes the circle, and Semta brings employers together with education, professional partners and governments to champion engineering careers, provide expert guidance and to spearhead pan-industry initiatives that will inspire the next generation of engineers.
The skills and expertise of the current and future workforce is pivotal to securing future growth and prosperity. Whilst major UK infrastructure demands will require significant engineering and manufacturing expertise, never has the sector’s demand for talented and qualified employees been greater. Two million new entrants will be needed by the time today’s primary school pupils reach working age. Semta's objective is to put that pipeline in place, acting as the catalyst to reconnect education and industry and create the highly skilled and dynamic workforce needed to re-energise UK industry and drive its future success.
Semta represents 128,000 companies with a 1.66 million-strong workforce that generates annual revenues of £309 billion for the UK economy.
The sectors it aims to cover are:
- Aerospace and Defense
- Automotive Skills, another SSC
- National Skills Academy for Manufacturing
- Engineering and Technology Board
- EEF the manufacturers organisation