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Podcast Episode 3: Are you Industry 4.0 Skills Ready?

​Industry 4.0 is here to stay. In the third episode of our podcast series we discuss how SMEs can diversify skillsets in their business to stay ahead of the game.  Click hereto listen to our third podcast.We’ve summarised the key takeaway points from the podcast below:​WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?Originating from Germany, Industry 4.0 is now a global phenomenon that affects all UK business sectors.Ultimately is about big data; specifically, how you gather data, for example, using high spec sensors, to analyse a business’ key performance and make informed, strategic decisions, with an outcome that will improve manufacturing/operational effectiveness.Businesses have an awareness of Industry 4.0, but the level/depth of understanding varies. Our European counterparts are probably ahead, however, it is rapidly affecting UK businesses. IS IT DIFFICULT FOR BUSINESSES TO FIND THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED? WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?Within the manufacturing and engineering industries there is a major skills shortage. Finding graduates who want to build a career within manufacturing and engineering is the first stumbling block. For SMEs, they are looking to see how they can upskill their workforce too.HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THESE SKILL GAPS?Help is out there –Jonathan Lee Recruitment can advise of their skill gaps are and how to fill those gaps.There are also many initiatives and third parties that are proactively helping businesses:We are key partners to The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI). The initiative, led by global 3D design and engineering software developers - Autodesk, engages and educates  businesses about Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).As partners to the initiative, we can help business leaders complete theFoBMI readiness assessment tool, which helps to analyse their own business, with the output of a personalized report.Make UK, the manufacturers organisation (formally known as EEF) are prominent in lobbying Government, for example most recently with Brexit, but also provide upskilling and practical help to their members and recently invested £10million in a new training facility in Birmingham.AND WHAT ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS?The more individuals we have into apprenticeships, the better.It is important for industry to work closely with schools to make future generations aware of the opportunities available.We work voluntary as enterprise advisors withThe Careers & Enterprise Companyto promote the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities available locally to schools and school leavers. For example, making them aware of a tool making and a foundry focused apprenticeship centre; these are traditional skills that have been modernised and made an attractive career entry.For employers, there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the Apprenticeship Levy. Our advisory service,Jonathan Lee Skills Consultancy, is helping to remove the myths surrounding apprenticeships – whether levy payers or not. For example, many employers aren’t aware that apprenticeships can be gained within engineering and manufacturing, up to level 7 – the equivalent to a master’s qualification.WORKFORCE OF THE FUTUREIt is critical that the workforce of tomorrow is willing to diversify, be flexible and learn new skills – this will require a cultural change.For businesses, we have found certain sectors acquiring talent and practices from alternative sectors. For example, the automotive sector is arguably the driving force behind some of the world’s best manufacturing practices. Where businesses are open minded, skill-sets can be very transferable from one sector to another, for example, the highly automated automotive and FMCG sectors. It’s about being open minded for the best talent.

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​Industry 4.0 is here to stay. In the third episode of our podcast series we discuss how SMEs can diversify skillsets in their business to stay ahead of the game.  

Click hereto listen to our third podcast.

We’ve summarised the key takeaway points from the podcast below:

WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?

  • Originating from Germany, Industry 4.0 is now a global phenomenon that affects all UK business sectors.

  • Ultimately is about big data; specifically, how you gather data, for example, using high spec sensors, to analyse a business’ key performance and make informed, strategic decisions, with an outcome that will improve manufacturing/operational effectiveness.

  • Businesses have an awareness of Industry 4.0, but the level/depth of understanding varies. Our European counterparts are probably ahead, however, it is rapidly affecting UK businesses. 

IS IT DIFFICULT FOR BUSINESSES TO FIND THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED? WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?

  • Within the manufacturing and engineering industries there is a major skills shortage. Finding graduates who want to build a career within manufacturing and engineering is the first stumbling block. For SMEs, they are looking to see how they can upskill their workforce too.

HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THESE SKILL GAPS?

  • Help is out there –Jonathan Lee Recruitment can advise of their skill gaps are and how to fill those gaps.

  • There are also many initiatives and third parties that are proactively helping businesses:

  • We are key partners to The Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI). The initiative, led by global 3D design and engineering software developers - Autodesk, engages and educates  businesses about Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

    As partners to the initiative, we can help business leaders complete the

    FoBMI readiness assessment tool, which helps to analyse their own business, with the output of a personalized report.

  • Make UK, the manufacturers organisation (formally known as EEF) are prominent in lobbying Government, for example most recently with Brexit, but also provide upskilling and practical help to their members and recently invested £10million in a new training facility in Birmingham.

AND WHAT ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS?

  • The more individuals we have into apprenticeships, the better.

  • It is important for industry to work closely with schools to make future generations aware of the opportunities available.

  • We work voluntary as enterprise advisors with

    The Careers & Enterprise Company

    to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities available locally to schools and school leavers. For example, making them aware of a tool making and a foundry focused apprenticeship centre; these are traditional skills that have been modernised and made an attractive career entry.

  • For employers, there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the Apprenticeship Levy. Our advisory service,

    Jonathan Lee Skills Consultancy, is helping to remove the myths surrounding apprenticeships – whether levy payers or not. For example, many employers aren’t aware that apprenticeships can be gained within engineering and manufacturing, up to level 7 – the equivalent to a master’s qualification.

WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

It is critical that the workforce of tomorrow is willing to diversify, be flexible and learn new skills – this will require a cultural change.

For businesses, we have found certain sectors acquiring talent and practices from alternative sectors. For example, the automotive sector is arguably the driving force behind some of the world’s best manufacturing practices. Where businesses are open minded, skill-sets can be very transferable from one sector to another, for example, the highly automated automotive and FMCG sectors. It’s about being open minded for the best talent.