Rebuilding our economy, communities and creating high quality jobs in the coming years will require investing in our industrial base, and the skills that make the UK a hub for next generation talent. The manufacturing sector is well placed to boost productivity, power economic growth, and deliver shared prosperity across all regions of the UK - but to do so, we must address the skills challenge we face, exacerbated by the pandemic.

Manufacturers have demonstrated over many years their commitment to apprenticeships as a key form of vocational work-based training and a route to secure invaluable skills, the profound impact of the pandemic means less than half of manufacturers (47%) have recruited an engineering or manufacturing apprentice in the last 12 months.

Make UK's new apprenticeship strategy proposes a series of targeted recommendations which can support manufacturers to retain as well as recruit apprentices in the next 18 months. The strategy also makes the case for a much-needed review of the apprenticeship levy system to ensure its financial sustainability in the long term.