The issue of STEM skills shortages is a perennial one and one that governments periodically attempt – not always successfully – to fix. In this issue we hear from a leading course provider on some of the factors influencing these shortages and what’s being done to address them.
In this issue, we look at how clamp-on ultrasonic flow metering is helping to tackle the ever-increasing challenge of leakage reduction and interruptions in the UK water supply, in an article from Andy Hammond at Flexim.
Our theme for this issue is the 4th Industrial Revolution. We have a feature article from Hugh Taylor at UKAS on what the Revolution is and how it is impacting UKAS activities. Daniel Povey at NPL also discusses digitalisation and the development and implementation of digital solutions.
This Summer we cover the theme: Education in the Industry. We look at the T Level; the new L3 post-16 qualifications that follow on from GCSEs. We have articles from GAMBICA and NCFE, while LGC and Make UK discuss training and upskilling technical skills in the workplace.
This Spring we cover the theme: agile practices in standards, testing, measurement and calibration. Jeff Ruddle’s article regarding the ISO/IEC 17011 revision discusses how more focus has been placed on accreditation bodies taking a risk-based approach to the planning and conduct of assessments.
It’s been a very busy time for our members over the past few months. The end of the year meant that Brexit transition was completed and that we are now no longer a member of the EU. Combined with the Testing, Measurement and Calibration industry being at the forefront of the Covid-19 issue, this has meant many of our members have been busier than ever.