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14 - 17 September 2021

Excel - London

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Obtaining & Retaining Skills

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Obtaining & Retaining Skills

As technology and strategic approach evolves, so do the skills required to implement them. Every force faces the constant question of where the next generation of recruits will come from. Added to that is the necessity of forecasting the required recruitment profile of tomorrow, and the challenge of keeping suitably skilled actors within the industry.

DSEI 2021 has worked in close partnership with a number of UK MoD Working Groups to develop this theme in accordance with the needs of the industry. There is a focus on the evolution of training requirements and technologies, particularly in the light of the evolving threat landscape.

Choose to Challenge

A key theme for DSEI ’21 is the development of talent and key skills within the Defence industry. Ensuring diversity and encouraging retention is a vital aspect of this, and one which requires a better understanding of the incoming workforce’s concerns.

DSEI 2021 is proud to have partnered with Women in Defence UK, working with them to promote a diverse and creative range of voices discussing the most pressing themes within the industry. In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, we teamed up with them to host a Q&A session between cadets and senior industry leaders, including:

  • Lt Gen James Swift, Chief of Defence People
  • Sarah Wiseman, Head of Exports Policy, UK MoD
  • Dr Sue Metcalff, CTO and Head of MoD Research & Advice Division, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd

The panel outlines their views on building and retaining a diverse workforce, before opening the session to questions from cadets and apprentices across the industry about everything from possible career paths to overcoming barriers.

Click here to watch the discussion

Skills Requirements for Modernisation

The Multi Domain Integration approach will need a wide range of skills supporting it, including a stronger focus on space and cyber domains. This webinar discusses what skills are required and the existing skill gap within both Primes and the Forces. It also reviews approaches to bridging that gap, and what needs to be done to develop the next generation of skilled personnel.

To start the conversation in the best way possible, DSEI 2021’s chief Defence advisor AVM Gary Waterfall caught up with key figures from the military, industry and academia to discuss the challenges of meeting future skills requirements, including:

  • RAdm Paul Marshall CBE, Director Naval Acquisition and UK MoD Engineering Skills Champion
  • Chloe Chambers, Head of Talent and Resourcing, BAE Systems
  • Professor Emma Sparks, Director of Programme Portfolio Delivery & Deputy Director Education, Cranfield University – Defence & Security

Click here to watch the discussion

Day Three

The overarching theme on the third day of the show is ‘Obtaining and Retaining Skills’. Throughout Thursday 16 September, all seminar theatres will explore the issues and training developments being addressed by both the military and industry sectors. This includes:

  • Multi-domain training capabilities
  • Resourcing DevSecOps to meet the new Defence need
  • VRLT and SSE training
  • Regional understanding and personal development via overseas bases
  • The importance of creativity and diversity within the talent pool

The Next Generation

The NextGen Programme is an exciting addition to DSEI 2021 that aims to establish how the Defence Enterprise as a prospective employer will work with collaboratively with Academia.

A dedicated conference programme will run on the morning of Friday 17 September, with the support of the UK MoD Defence Engineering Champion Team. The primary objective is to examine how the public and private sectors will keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology and generate the future skills required across the Defence Enterprise.  The programme will explore how Defence will collaborate with Academia to set the standards and education pathways that will meet the future demand signal whilst also making engineering roles accessible to all.

Visit the Forum agenda for more details

NEW! University Pod

The University Pod is a dedicated platform for the Universities in the defence arena, to help them make contact with relevant industry job titles and support them as they help shape the future of the Defence workforce. This platform is the crossroad between Universities, Industry, MOD and the Armed forces. The Pod is located in the Manufacturing Hub, opposite the UK MoD StratCom and Defence Academy stand. 

Visit the Manufacturing Hub for more details

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