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Forgemasters' chief heads up Semta's regional council

10 August 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited's chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman is to head up Semta's Regional Council for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited’s chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman is to head up Semta’s Regional Council for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Semta, the employer-led Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, has created a new Regional Council for Yorkshire and the Humber to better support the skills needs of employers in the region. 

Sheffield Forgemasters has a long association with Semta and Dr Honeyman brings a wealth of experience in the challenges and opportunities associated with tackling skills and training. 

The aim of the council is to better understand the specific skills needs of employers in Semta’s sectors, helping ensure that Yorkshire and the Humber employers have the skills they need to succeed.

The Regional Council will also help employers to get their voice heard at a local and national government level. Semta represents 118,900 employees at 6780 sites in Yorkshire and the Humber where 21 per cent engineering companies have reported skills gaps within their organisation. 

Lynn Tomkins, UK Operations Director of Semta, said: “Semta is dedicated to simplifying the skills landscape and, to meet the needs of employers, it is vital that they are able to communicate their specific needs in each region. The newly established Regional Councils will better enable us to ensure that Semta and our National Skills Academy for Manufacturing are offering the right sort of training and funding support, helping mitigate the current mismatch between supply and demand."

Forgemasters is currently training 76 apprentices in a variety of highly skilled specialist careers including core making and steelmaking.