The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) is to host its next careers conference to help to tackle the skills shortage in advanced manufacturing and engineering.
The CWLEP’s Skills Business Group has started a programme of activities following requests from businesses in the area to develop new ways of working with schools to overcome the problems.
The first careers conference attracted 52 secondary schools from Coventry and Warwickshire and over 2,000 students and 400 parents attended the LEP’s Jobs and Careers Fair.
The Careers Conference: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering: Curriculum Focus is taking place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Coventry, between 8am to midday on Monday, December 1.
Members of the Skills Business Group and the High Value Manufacturing Business Group at the CWLEP, who have jointly organised the event, will be present along with head teachers, careers advisors, teachers and governors from across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Jim Griffin, managing director of Rugby-based Automotive Insulations and chairman of the High Value Manufacturing Business Group, will discuss the trends discovered by employers during work placements and job interviews as well as their needs to meet their demands for a skilled 21st century workforce.
Young people working in the SME sector will also give talks before workshops are held and delegates are taken on a tour of the MTC.
He said: “This conference is aimed at working with schools’ careers advisors and curriculum leaders to develop a partnership way of working with businesses.
“It is important students develop skills which are vital to businesses because during interviews, as well as looking at exam results, employers place great emphasis on extra-curricular activities.
“We will be highlighting real-life problems that businesses experience when trying to recruit youngsters and we will stress the importance of CVs not just listing exam results because we want to take on well-rounded young people.
“It is important school curriculums reflect the needs of businesses to ease the skills shortage in advanced manufacturing and engineering which is a real hot bed of dynamic companies in this area.
“There are schools where the curriculum is already reflecting the needs of business – including the WMG Academy and Stratford School Academy – and we want other schools to follow their example.
“This conference is a vital part of the ongoing work of the High Value Manufacturing Business Group and the CWLEP Skills Strategy to develop the next generation of skilled workers to drive forward economic growth and create jobs.”