Semta appoints Sarah Sillars as Chief Executive

Fri, 06 July 2012

Sarah is currently the Executive Chair of IMI (The Institute of the Motor Industry) and was previously its Chief Executive. Sarah will remain as part time Executive Chair of IMI until 31 December 2012, before taking up the full time position with Semta from January 2013. IMI is the Sector Skills Council and professional association for the retail motor industry and during her time there, Sarah has led a concerted campaign for the development and recognition of skilled individuals in that sector. Sarah was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to skills training and the retail motor industry.

Semta Chairman Allan Cook CBE, Chairman of WS Atkins plc, Chairman of SELEX Galileo Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Marshalls Group said,

“We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to lead Semta, bringing with her such extensive experience and success within the skills arena. This is a critical time for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. Our industry is facing challenging times in domestic and international markets and the opportunities for growth are highly dependent on the development of the necessary skills in our businesses. Sarah’s leadership skills will be critical in achieving our ambitious plans.” 

Sarah said,

“I am delighted to join Semta as Chief Executive at such an important time for the organisation. We are in a changing skills landscape where employers have the opportunity to shape provision and co-invest in the design and delivery of vocational training. Semta is well-positioned, with strong employer backing, to make a real difference to the sector’s productivity and competitiveness with a range of targeted services and programmes.”

An ageing workforce and continued technical advancement means that UK engineering and manufacturing needs to recruit and train 82,000 engineers, scientists and technologists by 2016 and to up-skill 363,000 of the technical workforce to achieve world class standards.

Semta’s staff throughout the UK have unrivalled experience of the sector and understand the skills employers need to grow their business and improve performance. Semta can provide a range of cost-effective services - from consultancy and an apprentice managed service through tailored programmes to total training management - to boost business performance.

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