Manufacturing skills shortage under microscope at summit
The shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing will be debated at an event next month.
The Centre for Competitiveness and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen's University Belfast are holding the Manufacturing Talent Rules Summit at Titanic Belfast on June 6 to tackle a need for more manufacturing workers.
More than 200 representatives of the manufacturing industry, as well as educators, are expected to address problems including how to draw more women, young people, returners and career switchers to manufacturing.
Susan Cleland, deputy chief executive at the Centre for Competitiveness, said: "We are pleased to convene a summit which allows the manufacturing sector and key external stakeholders to come together and explore real-world solutions to bridge the skills gap and highlight current as well as future employment opportunities involving functions and skills that are not part of today's norm.
"At this summit we will hear what manufacturers such as Procter and Gamble, Collins Aerospace, Denroy and Avondale Foods and many others are doing to upskill their workforce, attract new talent and support a much more diverse workforce, and what organisations such as Queen's University and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are doing to facilitate this."
Claire McAlinden, of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen's, said the department hoped to help the sector by supplying "top-class talent" and cutting-edge research and development.
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