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Engage project

A Higher Education Academy funded employer engagement project, aiming to facilitate dialogue between Employers and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Materials Academics in Higher Education.


Leitch Report

“Lord Leitch published his final report on Tuesday 5 December 2006. ' Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills' examines the UK's long-term skills needs. It sets out ambitious goals for 2020 which, if achieved, would make the UK a world leader in skills. The report recommends and sets out a far-reaching reform agenda, much of which will have implications for those of us working in Skills for Life.”

A brief summary and list of recommendations, along with the whole report is available at:

Responses to Leitch report:

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).

“The Leitch Report is right to identify the skills gap as a major barrier to the future competitiveness of the UK economy”

You can view NESTA’s summary at:

and download their official response here (PDF, 96Kb):


The Leitch Report on UK skills: Lord Leitch’s Final Report on UK Skills, Prosperity for all in the global economy: world class skills, was published on 5 December 2006. It set out an ambitious vision for raising UK skill levels by shifting towards a “simplified demand – led skills system”.”

You can download the Edexcel response here (PDF, 416Kb):



A Strategy for Materials –Report of the Materials Innovation and Growth Team

The Materials Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) was launched on 26th January 2005. Its key objective is to define a Materials Strategy for the UK that will enable the UK to optimise the benefits new materials developments will offer. Representatives from the materials producing and using industries, the regions and government aim to secure agreement on a shared vision for the future of an industry that employs over four million people in the UK.

Download the full report here:


UKCME summary of the Materials IGT report:

by Dr. John Wilcox





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