Semta Skills Awards

We were thrilled to support the Semta Skills Awards as they celebrate the commitment of individuals, teams and organisations to learning and development.

At Ufi we support organisations who innovate by using digital technology to help employers and learners develop the skills they need for work, testing new approaches, taking risks and breaking down barriers to learning.

We have funded the development of a number of digital vocational learning tools which help improve skills development in the manufacturing and engineering sector, four of which are being showcased at the Semta Skills Awards.

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Best of British Engineering Award

We chose Pentaxia Ltd as the winners of Best of British Engineering for their investment in skills development – which has been central to their growth. Pentaxia currently employ 130 people and turned over £6.2million last year. Their ambitious plans to reach £25million by 2025 shows that investment in skills remains a key driver to their business model.

In order to increase competitiveness, and meet future skills requirements, Pentaxia home-grow their own talent with their newly established trainee programme and also employ people with no previous experience and then put them through a structured programme.

 

 

Skills Innovation of the Year

Another noteworthy winner from the Semta Skills Awards was Bridgwater & Taunton College, in conjunction with National College for Nuclear, for an award that celebrates industry-changing uses of innovations.

The Ufi-funded PRACTICE Flow Rig project uses technology to change the way nuclear engineers access and learn new skills, and develop current skills further. A new build at Hinkley Point C is creating unprecedented skills demand. New technology against an ageing workforce, with a lack of accredited qualifications is depleting the sector of higher level skill.

‘Learning by doing’ simply can’t happen in a Nuclear Power Plant so the college has created its own solution that enables apprentices to start working in a nuclear environment straight away – four years before they actually have to do it real life.
See for yourself in our case study video why the PRACTICE Flow Rig is shaping the way people in the Nuclear Industry access and learn the skills they need for work.

 

 

Live Demonstrations

Also at the showcase were a number of Ufi-funded digital vocational learning tools which help improve skills development in the manufacturing and engineering sector. These projects were being tried and tested by attendees of the event who are all from industry.

 

AELP - Embedding Learning in Apprenticeships

 High quality and cost-effective methods to embed learning and demonstrate progress.

 

Learning Labs - Flash Academy Workplace

A learning app that teaches workplace English from 30+ languages to overcome the impact that poor English language skills have on productivity in manufacturing settings 

 

National Composites Centre LayupRITE

A new approach to learning high dexterity skills. LayupRITE is a set of training and assessment resources using augmented reality to train people in the hand lay up of composite material. 

 

GTA England - Engineering Apprentice's Mate 

 Point and play learning experience app for engineering apprentices. Instant access to independent learning, support and assessment activity in the workshop. 


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