STEM-based career offers long-term success

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GAMBICA’s Nikesh Mistry explains why it is crucial for our future workforce that young generations in the UK manufacturing industry continually pursue STEM qualifications to maintain the UK’s competitive advantage. Not least because the transferable skills and knowledge gained will allow them to adapt to technological advancements, secure better job prospects and higher salaries, and make a real impact on the industry and the world.

The manufacturing industry in the UK has always been an essential sector that contributes significantly to the country’s economy. However, it has faced a significant challenge in recent years – a shortage of skilled workers. This is where STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects come into play. Pursuing a career in STEM subjects is important for individuals and the manufacturing industry as a whole. A career in STEM subjects is crucial for young generations in the UK manufacturing industry.

Through rapid technological advancements, STEM subjects are crucial for driving changes within our industry. The modern manufacturing industry is becoming increasingly automated, with advanced robotics and artificial intelligence being more frequently implemented to control basic repetitive tasks. This has led to a shift in the skills required of workers, with a greater emphasis on technical and digital skills. For example, additive manufacturing, which is now widely used in manufacturing, requires a deep understanding of computer-aided design (CAD) software and mathematical modelling. Similarly, implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart factories require workers who can program and maintain complex networks of sensors and other technologies. Therefore, a strong foundation in STEM subjects is essential for young people to adapt to these changes and thrive in the manufacturing industry.

Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, pursuing a career in STEM subjects can lead to better job prospects and higher salaries. The manufacturing industry is renowned for needing highly skilled workers, and those with STEM qualifications are always in high demand. In fact, according to a report by Engineering UK, STEM graduates in the UK earn, on average, 20% more than non-STEM graduates.

A career in STEM subjects can also offer a wide range of opportunities for progression and career development. For example, a qualified engineer could progress to become a team leader, project manager, or even a CEO of a manufacturing company. By pursuing a career in STEM subjects, young people can position themselves for long-term success in the manufacturing industry. This is becoming more evident through our newly formed GAMBICA Young Council (GYC).

Founded a year ago now, the GYC is a group of 16 individuals spanning all five GAMBICA sectors, Industrial Automation, Process Instrumentation and Control, Laboratory Technology, Test & Measurement and University Engagement.

The main criteria to be eligible for the council is to be within the first ten years of a career within industry. At present, the council has a multitude of different backgrounds, some being university graduates, others apprentices, and some having moved straight to industry after leaving school. So their range of knowledge, experience and expertise really does vary amongst the group.

The exciting element of this council, despite the unrivalled enthusiasm, is a fresh take on trade association activities. This group aims to be a voice of early career professionals within GAMBICA’s member sectors and complement the experience in the current GAMBICA strategic governance structure. But alongside this, each member of the council, including myself, has now registered to become active STEM ambassadors. The application process to do this is simple and straightforward, and once acceptance is confirmed, you are provided with an online dashboard whereby you can easily access information on all upcoming STEM events within your local area. It’s a brilliant initiative and has encouraged our young council to engage more with schools.

Being a STEM ambassador combined with sitting on the GAMBICA young council really provides a route to form a powerful community. This can lead to exciting opportunities to learn about existing projects, learn from different cultures, and develop a global perspective.

Having younger individuals in our councils act upon this has proven to work wonders, as it is much easier for those younger generations to relate to them and picture themselves within their positions.

If you want to find out more about this, please reach out to a GAMBICA member of staff today.

 

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