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This report, commissioned by WorldSkills UK, explores how young people can acquire the world-class skills the UK needs to become a global leader in advanced manufacturing. It combines a review of existing evidence and secondary data analysis with new surveys of over 350 manufacturers and 1,000 young people, as well as interviews with employers and educators.

The report finds that despite experiencing a shortfall of vital technical and employability skills, too few manufacturers are fully engaging with the education and skills system to help meet industry standards, or empower young people toward manufacturing careers. As a result, many young people, particularly young women, have negative perceptions of the sector, lack inspirational careers support, and are missing out on opportunities for high-value, highly skilled jobs.

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