CESA heads to parliament to discuss skills gap

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CESA is to meet with the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, the minister of state for skills and apprenticeships, tomorrow to discuss the impact of skills shortages on the catering equipment industry.

The meeting has been arranged by CESA’s patron, Lord Trefgarne. SEMTA (the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) will also attend. SEMTA is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for transforming the UK’s engineering skills for the future.

The UK needs 200,000 new engineers every year to close the skills gap. As Lord Trefgarne said: “There is a lot of work to do.”

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The meeting will look at how both CESA, as an organisation representing over 190 SMEs, and SEMTA, an employer-led skills expert body, can work more closely with the minister’s team to shape skills strategies.

CESA is urging its members to contact the CESA secretariat ahead of the meeting to voice their skills gap concerns, ideas, opinions and experiences.

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Clare Nicholls

The author Clare Nicholls


  1. With typical mark ups of 5% or less to compete, where is the money to employ, train engineers & apprentices ? When are the government going to provide training to survive in business and provide employment for engineers under these conditions which the CMA have encouraged? Government have shot themselves in the foot and we a re left with the mess.

  2. Bullshit, the issue here is that if you train a fitter up another firm will offer top dollar to him with less than six months under his belt…….out of the “big firms” excluding manufacturing, who’s training? Ive done 5 in the last 6 years, boots on the ground companies, the ones that look after particular contracts that don’t need a massive skill set, have come along, offered the rate and they’ve moved.

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