Addressing the skills shortage in the water sector

Date: 28th September 2016

Location: 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield

Time: 10am-1pm

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) recently published a report, which revealed that:

  • Over a third of vacancies in electricity, gas and water and construction are now due to skills shortages
  • Skills shortage vacancies now make up nearly a quarter of all job openings, from 91,000 in 2011 to 209,000 in 2015
  • The number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011


This seminar will explore how organisations are addressing the future skills shortage today.



Caroline Metcalfe

Talent Manager, Yorkshire Water

Peter Wilkie

Associate, ARUP

Alex Berry

Assistant Principal, UTC Leeds (University Technical College)

Bev Foster

Skills Solutions Advisor, Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Jitka MacAdam

Research Fellow/MSc Tutor, Cranfield University


Yorkshire Water have made a commitment to recruit over 160 apprentices and 100 trainees to join the business over the next 5 years and are working more closely with schools, colleges and universities across the region towards this goal.

Opening in September 2016, UTC will offer cutting-edge facilities for students to develop a range of engineering skills. Students will study a stimulating & relevant curriculum and work on employer-led projects for a challenging, well-rounded learning experience.

LEP are committed to creating an even more skilled and prosperous Leeds City Region. A key focus is to develop a skilled workforce through investment and business support, working with organisations across the public and private sectors.

Cranfield University has developed a range of courses, taught by internationally renowned water experts, designed to meet the training needs of industry, with a strong input from experts in their sector.

Arup is a global organisation, committed to improving skills across the sector. With an outstanding graduate programme to best-in-class learning for every member of staff, Arup provided professional development to over 7,000 of their people over the past year.


Presentations will be followed by an audience/panel discussion and a networking lunch from 1pm.

Price for half-day seminar (including lunch & refreshments):

£50 + VAT

for WIF Partners and Full Members

£75 + VAT

for WIF Associate Members

£85 + VAT

for Non-members





(Please note that this event was previously scheduled for 20th July)

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Thank you to all of our speakers for participating in this event and for their kind permission to publish their presentations.

Presentations from this seminar can be viewed in pdf format below:-

P1 - Caroline Metcalfe - Yorkshire Water 28.09.2016.pdf

P2 - Peter Wilkie - Arup 28.09.2016.pdf

P3 - Bev Foster - LEP 28.09.2016.pdf

P4 - Jitka MacAdam - Cranfield 28.09.2016.pdf

P5- Alex Berry - UTC Leeds 28.09.2016.pdf