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n u l 6 Individual 4 Structure of an effective framework.


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Conclusion The sector needs to develop clear strategies to ensure there is a well-equipped workforce that can support advances in technology and the demand for services.


The promotion and use of apprenticeships


must play an important part in bringing new talent into the industry. The sector needs to ensure that apprenticeship frameworks are fit for purpose and harness best practice from across the globe. Graduates are a vital source of exciting


new talent, but we do need to support their introduction into the workplace. The training


References 1 As proposed in President Obama’s State of the Union Address 2013.


2 Quote extracted from Sunday Express 14 July 2013.


3 Semta is the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies within the UK.


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Increased specialism, managerial, resource and budget responsibilities


landscape is complex and designing suitable development programmes and career paths needs to done with internationalisation in mind. Finding and working with forward thinking providers must also be a priority. The challenges may be daunting but with a


co-ordinated approach and by capturing best- practice the sector can develop coherent, internally recognised programmes that are vital to ensure we have a workforce of the future. The challenge is to design learning


programmes that satisfy a wide range of needs. At the core is the individual and their requirement to have appropriate training. This clearly needs to relate to job roles and also be supported by appropriate qualifications. A defined career path that progresses through the educational levels is required to provide continuous professional development. These pathways need to have multiple routes for those who specialise in highly technical roles or are to become the managers of the future. Finally, all of these components must be aligned with professional registration/membership and international recognition.





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