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Wow. 2017 was quite a rollercoaster thanks to Brexit. Outlooks have fluctuated from grim to exceptional (depending on who you ask) and the uncertainty looks set to continue into 2018.
As mentioned in previous blogs, technological developments in the industry are going to transform processes and services, and it’s imperative that Britain leads the way. The starting point for this is education and training. Despite a drop of 59% in the uptake of new apprenticeships since April, the Apprenticeship Levy imposed may still be fruitful in the creation of 3 million new apprenticeships. The government has also labelled 2018 the ‘Year of Engineering’ to help raise awareness across schools and colleges of the importance, and career opportunities available, in the Engineering sector. This should help the deficit of 20,000 engineering graduates a year we currently face.
Industry 4.0 will offer opportunities for Manufacturers to attract and develop a new generation of skilled employees, as well as improving processes and services. AI and Machine Learning will be key to these developments, so it is in the public interest to ensure we begin to encourage people to take up, or re-train for, careers in the industry. Many business owners will need to future proof their businesses by considering not only what modern tech related positions they need filling now, but also positions that will become available in the future.
Another aspect that will affect the industry is the exchange rate. Again, depending on who you ask this could go up or down. Depending where the exchange rate falls will ultimately influence investments in the UK as well as costs for business owners. Whilst the rate is inextricably linked to the outcome of Brexit, all we can do is watch and wait, whilst maximising the opportunities that the current rate provides.
That’s not to say we don’t already have investment underway in 2018. Manufacturers such as Toyota, Boeing, Liberty House Group, FANUC and Aston Martin have all indicated investment into the UK for this year, with more to follow no doubt.
So, is it all bad? No. All Good? Not really. Somewhere in between? Most likely. We can’t predict the future, nor can we predict Brexit but what we can do is what Britain does best……Keep calm and carry on!
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