Emerging Skills Project

Delivering a skilled workforce for future UK manufacturing

This High Value Manufacturing Catapult website provides access to the training unit content and skills foresighting reports generated during the Department for Education (DfE) funded Emerging Skills Projects (ESP) which completed at the end of March 2022.

This material is made available under Open Government License (OGL). The DfE ask that you provide your business details ahead of making use of the materials as part of the ongoing evaluation of the projects. Should you wish to know more about the use of the foresighting tools and processes, please contact us on esp@hvm.catapult.org.uk to discuss options.

Should you adopt ESP content, you are strongly encouraged to confirm that the information contained in the units and reports remains up to date prior to use.

Foresighting Reports

Foresighting future skills needs is a recommendation of the HVM Catapult’s ‘Manufacturing the Future Workforce’ report proposing the Skills Value Chain approach to connect workforce development and skills with technology innovation. 

Foresighting Tools 

HVM Catapult continued to develop a suite of processes and IT tools to facilitate and enable skills foresighting to take place.

These tools and processes are also available under OGL, however it will be necessary to assist take-up with specialist advice and support.

ESP Units 

The programme delivered more than 50 one to three day units covering electrification, digitisation, additive manufacture and advanced materials. 

These are made available under the terms of OGL. 


Transforming the future of UK manufacturing

The national economy needs a proactive and well-connected skills system that can adapt to the changing needs of an ever more agile and responsive workforce. This will create opportunities for talent at all ages and develop resilience in UK manufacturing businesses and supply chains.

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