‘Promoting new standards in skills, education and innovation’

09 July 2010

(From left to right) Indro Mukerjee, Philip Whiteman, and Derek Boyd

Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, and the United Kingdom Electronics Alliance (UKEA) have announced a partnership agreement.

The partnership aims to involve more employers in tackling the skills priorities of the electronics sector. Within the partnership, members will collaborate to identify solutions to address the industry’s skills needs to reduce duplication and boost the contributions of industry representatives.

Indro Mukerjee, CEO of C-MAC MicroTechnology and Chairman of the Semta’s Electronics Sector Strategy Group, stated: “Through our strategy group we are driving forward and promoting new standards in skills, education and innovation. Given that three quarters of our sector are small or medium sized companies, it is critical that we have the support of trade groups like UKEA to better inform and involve their members of the crucial role skills play in the sector’s success.”

Derek Boyd, Chairman of UKEA commented: “The UKEA was established to address the fragmented and diverse nature of the electronics industry, helping it form one coherent voice to represent itself to government and eliminate the delays it was experiencing in addressing some of the key issues impacting its performance. By establishing this joint forum with Semta, we are able to take this a step further, ensuring better use of both organisation’s resources and a greater understanding of employers’ needs.”

Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive of Semta, added: “Semta is committed to creating a simplified skills landscape to make the entire process of identifying and tackling skills shortages easier for employers, stakeholders and government. Addressing skills needs in the sector is one of UKEA’s key priorities, so our partnership is a natural one, allowing both organisations to work together to deliver collaborative solutions for employers.”

The image shows (from left to right) Indro Mukerjee, Philip Whiteman, and Derek Boyd


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