Welcome to NMIS Skills


The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise where research, industry and the public sector work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation to attract investment and make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

Through elements including a Manufacturing Skills Academy, NMIS will provide a focal point for applied manufacturing research expertise, strengthening Scotland’s reputation for R&D and attracting inward investment.

Scotland’s manufacturing sector recognises that skills are an essential component of growth and innovation. Business leaders have identified a need for strategic support to help them understand where and how they should allocate their manufacturing investment in Industry 4.0 resources.

NMIS also recognises the consistent message emerging from Scottish, UK, and international research – that drivers of change such as automation, robotics, data, IOT and VR are all fuelling a requirement for new skills to be developed. The Manufacturing Skills Academy will develop a dynamic offer with evolving curriculum content that addresses this reality.

The Manufacturing Skills Academy will build on, and complement the excellent provision already available across Scottish institutions and providers, by developing new approaches which support employers to embrace industry 4.0.

Developing the sustainability of the skills supply chain will help NMIS address the need for skills to keep up with new manufacturing tools and techniques, by providing access to modern equipment and training, from basic to highly specialised skills for the existing and future workforce.

This will include, for example, contributing to our target of 30,000 Modern Apprentice starts by 2020-21 and the development and use of STEM skills in areas such as engineering, ICT and digital. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will be delivered in partnership with Universities, Colleges, Training providers and industry.

As a part of this work, college staff are being offered support in developing the digital and collaborative skills needed to exchange ideas focused on STEM and manufacturing areas.

We are building a community of practice of colleagues from across the sectors to engage online with peers to share learning and teaching materials. The training and resources will signpost and pick up best practice from around the UK and be based around the professional standards for College lecturers and Higher Education Staff.

This will become a community owned resource with open source materials available for use and adaptation.

If you have an interest in STEM and related areas, if you want to do things in new ways, to reach out to your peer group and be part of an ambitious national collaborative, sign up for the NMIS Skills Ambassador programme.


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