Watch: Digitalisation and electrification skills gaps challenges for the automotive sector.

Thursday 20th January at 11am GMT

The Emerging Skills Project (ESP) is a pilot programme which forms part of the UK Government’s transformation of further and technical education in England. The Department for Education, through the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, is piloting a collaborative project to develop cutting edge learning materials for the delivery of Emerging Skills.

The project focuses on four main areas:

– Electrification for vehicles and transport solutions
– Additive Manufacturing technologies
– Industrial Digitisation Technologies / Industry 4.0 for manufacturing
– Composites – for environmental energy systems

In this session, The ESP team held a joint webinar with The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Limited (SMMT) and discussed the Emerging Skills Project and addressed issues around the future skills gap in manufacturing and the wider engineering workforce. 


  • Welcome & Introduction – Rebecca Smith, Policy Manager, The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Limited (SMMT)
  • The Emerging Skills Project – Paul Shakspeare, Consultant – Education and Skills, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • What ESP means for SMEs and the opportunities it brings – Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA, Director, The Blair Project
  • How training courses are being developed – Dr Benjamin Silverstone, Associate
    Professor, Head of WMG Skills Centre , WMG, University of Warwick