The Skills Gap


The issue of skills has been discussed regularly over the years at the Foundation for Science and Technology, and with rapidly changing technological and work environments it remains a critical issue. In this event, we focussed on preparing the next generation for a technological life and examined the roles of schools and FE colleges in contributing to post-16 technical education. The meeting discussed topics such as University Technical Colleges, T-Levels and industry placements, as well as the wider profile of Further Education.

The meeting was held at the Royal Society on 22 February 2023, bringing together: Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real World Learning at the University of Winchester; Nancy Buckley, Group Director, Business Development at Activate Learning; Sharmen Ibrahim, Group Director, Digital Education at Activate Learning; Ella Podmore MBE, Senior Materials Engineer at McLaren Automotive Ltd; and Phil Smith CBE, Chairman of IQE, Chair of Digital Skills Partnership and former Chair and CEO of Cisco UK.

A video recording, presentation slides and speaker audio from the event are available on the FST website: