Transforming the Manufacturing Sector. What Skills will you be Recruiting for in 2025?

Industrial Revolution 4.0 is changing the future of jobs and with this the skills needed by new hires. According to Deloitte’s latest report, ‘The future of work in manufacturing’ the transformation of the manufacturing sector is opening up space for more “human skills’ as well as digital skills – no longer can the two remain separate.

“83% of firms say that not having access to the right skills is the primary threat to the competitiveness of Britain’s labour market.” (The Manufacturer)

In a recent report Deloitte scopes out what personas for the following roles might look like:

  • The digital twin engineer
  • Predictive supply network analyst
  • Robot teaming coordinator
  • Digital offering manager
  • Drone data coordinator

I wonder how many of us expected to see roles such as Drone data coordinator being advertised, never mind future proofing our skill set?

Developing staff for the future

We often talk about how skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and leadership are being ranked by the WEF as ‘the’ skills for the future. But what can organisations do help ensure they recruit staff with the right skill set, and help develop the employees in to these new roles?

Being able to predict how a candidate will perform in their role, and or how they can develop under training is key, which is where an assessment of Mechanical Reasoning Ability (MRA) – such as the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT-ll) – can help. MRA is required in a number of job roles and is defined as the ability to apply basic mechanical and physical principles to solve problems. By measuring this specific ability, organisations can identify candidates with good spatial perception and mechanical reasoning abilities, as well as those with an aptitude for learning mechanical processes and tasks. All of which can help reduce the risk of a bad hire, and help support employee development in the future.

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