CAREER ADVANCEMENT / OCT. 02, 2014
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How to Make the Most Out of Specialist Courses for Manufacturers

Currently, the UK is investing more and more into the bustling manufacturing sector. This is due to the fact that manufactured goods account for over 12% of the UK’s economic output, 54% of exports, and is an industry that employs over 2.6 million skilled workers. There are several especially important sectors of manufacturing that could prove quite prosperous according to current UK Manufacturing Statistic Reports. Choosing the right path for your specialisation is essential; many certifications in specialised manufacturing and engineering take 1-5 years to complete, depending on your area of study.

Top 3 Most Productive Sectors

British Aerospace Industry

There are over 100,000 + jobs currently available in British Aerospace manufacturing. The industry pumps out an average of £24.2bn revenue annually and accounts for over 17% of the global market share for aerospace technology. If you are looking to complete a specialisation in Aerospace Engineering, you must first complete a Foundation Certificate course. This course lasts approximately 1 year and will allow you to begin working within the aircraft repair and maintenance sector. 

To take your specialisation to the next level, you would need to complete a Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering. This course usually lasts about two years and will qualify you to work in a management position or engineering role in the aerospace MRO environment.

British Automotive Industry

After investing over £6bn into the auto manufacturing and engineering industries, the UK has seen a significant jump in the global sale of UK manufactured vehicles. Out of the 1.8 million vehicles produced, 81% are exported and sold throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. About 140,000 individuals employed by the automotive industry are specialised manufacturers.

Universities like the Engineering School of Warwick provide a wealth of specialised multidisciplinary studies; including, but not limited to analytics, business techniques, automotive design, materials, and management.

Programme options usually include a three year BEng which helps budding automotive engineers build solid skills regarding automotive dynamics and power systems. If taken full time, this course usually lasts about 3 years.

The next step up would be to set your sites on attaining an MEng certification, which takes 3-5 years to complete. This degree takes automotive manufacturing and engineering to the next level; giving students the skills they need to work with robotics, systems modeling and design, business management, and automotive sustainability.

British Construction Industry

1 in 14 of the UK workforce works in the construction industry - that’s nearly 2 million individuals. Each year, nearly 88,000 new jobs in construction are created and the more specialised skills and certifications you possess, the more attractive your resume appears to potential employers. 

Most individuals who would like to break into manufacturing and engineering in the construction industry follow the apprenticeship programme. Civil Engineers and those looking to become structural engineers can become certified by taking courses at institutions like Birmingham University

In the construction industry there are a wealth of engineering, manufacturing, and skilled worker positions available from welding to electrical engineering. These courses can be taken through university studies or technical schools. The classes and course schedules range depending on which specialisation you choose.

Making the most out of your manufacturing specialisation lies solely on your sector choice. Since the aerospace, automotive, and construction industries are rapidly growing in the UK, specialisation in any of these industries would suffice. The chemical industry, defense industry, and electronics industry are also seeing a boost from government investment and could prove promising for up-and-coming manufacturing specialists.


 

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