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Transport Skills Academy

The Transport Skills Academy (TSA) aims to develop high-quality future technical leaders by upskilling the existing workforce and encouraging new entrants into a career in highways and transportation.

Here's our project lead, Michele Roberts, explaining a bit more about the TSA:

Why do we need a Transport Skills Academy?

By 2024, there will be an annual demand for 124,000 engineering and technicians with core engineering skills. There will also be 79,000 additional roles which require a mixed application of engineering and other skill sets.

The high demand for engineering has significantly increased due to the ageing workforce. Filling this demand will generate an additional £27 billion per year for the UK economy.

To meet this demand the number of engineering apprentices and graduates will need to double.

Our Approach

The Skills Academy will:

  • offer a range of services to support entry into and progression within the sector
  • drive forward the development of new Apprenticeship Standards to help shape occupational training and development where gaps exist
  • offer a range of training and development through an E-Learning portal which will allow learning to be carried out at the learner's own pace
  • create an aspirational approach for young people entering the sector through schools, colleges, universities and communities.

We will also work with Local Authority partners, employers, training providers and learners to create opportunities and development fit for our future workforce in the West Midlands.

Who will be able to access the Transport Skills Academy?

  • apprentices
  • the existing workforce
  • students in years 10 and 12.

Here's Priyanka, giving her thoughts on her Project Management Apprenticeship:

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