DSF Skills Survey

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    Friday18Sep 2020

    The MOD has launched the 2020 DSF Skills Survey for techUK members to respond to.


Addressing the national engineering skills gap is a common strategic issue for both MOD and industry. The Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF) Group for Skills & People aims to provide support to policy makers through understanding the skills activity landscape and needs within the Defence Engineering Enterprise as a whole.

Following up from their 2017 survey, this survey aims to both validate the trends emerging as well as establish a current position at the end of 2020. The Skills landscape remains one in need of a clarity of purpose and coherence of approach; this survey will enable the DSF to better understand that landscape as well as validate where the future skills shortages lie.

Uniting on a non-contentious area will help build an enterprise approach that may result in collaboration through shared training, development and facilities. Your views are important; the DSF want to assess the attitudes to engineering across the Defence enterprise, understand your views about the skills gap and identify priority areas of focus that will result in action for the DSF Skills & People Group.

The intended audience of this survey is the Defence Enterprise, including: Business leaders, engineering leaders, frontline engineers, academia, students (Defence Technical Programmes), professional institutes with an engineering focus. Amongst these groups we are looking to hear from those who have supervised, managed or led engineers, and those who have deep experience and knowledge of the subject of defence engineering skills.

The survey has been developed in collaboration between the MOD and Industry, and is being run on behalf of the DSF Skills & People Group Co-Chairs, Kevin Craven (CEO Serco UK & Europe) and Rear Admiral Paul Marshall (MoD Head of Profession, Engineering). This survey will take around thirty minutes to complete and will be open until 30/09/2020. Following this we will share the report generated with you. If you have any questions please email Christopher.lawton106@mod.gov.uk

Please click here to take the survey. 

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