UK Government announces major investment to enhance skills in future technologies

Science Secretary Michelle Donelan unveiled plans to invest over £1.1 billion to upskill millions of individuals across the UK.

Posted on: 19/03/2024

In a significant move to bolster the UK’s capabilities in cutting-edge fields like artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing, Science Secretary Michelle Donelan unveiled plans to invest over £1.1 billion to upskill millions of individuals across the nation. The investment, by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, represents the UK’s biggest uplift in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills. Donelan made this announcement during her keynote speech at the Maths Summit in London, emphasising the importance of advanced technologies for the country’s future prosperity.

Business success through skills investment

As part of this investment an academic consortium led by the University of Birmingham will establish a £4.5 million medicines manufacturing skills centre of excellence called RESILIENCE. This centre aims to provide specialised training and accelerator programmes for individuals ranging from those with T-level qualifications to graduates, offering both academic and practical training opportunities. Innovation talent and skills are among the six strong foundations Innovate UK has identified as key assets for businesses. These principles and values have a positive impact on business success and apply across all our activities. Skills are the foundation of innovation, growth, and long-term success for businesses. They ensure organisations can evolve, thrive in competitive markets, and make informed decisions that drive positive outcomes.

The RESILIENCE centre aligns with the government’s broader strategy to address skill shortages and foster innovation in key sectors like medicines manufacturing. By equipping the workforce with the necessary expertise, this initiative aims to enhance the UK’s competitiveness on the global stage.

This announcement comes on the heels of the launch of Innovate UK’s new digital platform called Talent & Skills Connect to streamline access to talent and skills opportunities. This platform serves as a digital marketplace connecting innovators and businesses with various skill development initiatives, investment programmes, and collaborative opportunities.

A resilient foundation for economic growth

Together, these initiatives represent a concerted effort to empower individuals and businesses with the resources needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. By investing in skills development and fostering collaboration, the UK aims to position itself as a leader in innovation and drive economic growth in the years to come.

The synergy between the government’s investment in skills development and the launch of Innovate UK Talent & Skills Connect underscores a unified commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and excellence across the UK. By equipping individuals with the requisite skills and resources, these initiatives lay a robust foundation for sustained economic growth, technological advancement, and societal progress.

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