While capability and procurement is traditionally the event’s core focus, the fourth day of DSEI, Friday 15 September 2017, will become an engaging platform for attendees to address topics pertaining to personnel, skills and STEM development. As key enablers of capability the sector’s workforce and skills base are considered the most important assets to employers and to a nation’s leading edge in advanced technology development.
Expert Led Discussions
People and Skills Day will include a seminar programme featuring discussions pertinent to those who are considering a career in defence and security, right through to those who are nearing retirement. The sessions will address Opportunity, Development, Investment and Integration and visitors will be able to hear from speakers including:
- Lt General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People
- VAdm Duncan Potts, Director General, Joint Force Development & Defence Academy
- RAdm Nils Christian Wang, Commandant Royal Danish Defence College
- Brig Paul Buttery, Head Training, Education, Skills, Recruiting and Resettlement (TESRR)
- Nik Beecher, Vice President of Cyber Security & ICT Solutions, Leonardo
- Women in Defence UK
Youth STEM Focus
Research tells us that the diminishing pool of STEM talent needs to be addressed head on by engaging students throughout their education. For many, the wide range of roles and career paths available to those studying a STEM related subject means that visualising a future career is difficult. People & Skills Day will bring STEM to life, showcasing advanced engineering and technology, and the type career paths available, enabling students to visualise where their STEM qualifications could take them. STEM will be promoted across the exhibitor floor, with a bespoke programme of student activities. In addition, the seminar programme will provide an opportunity for a more traditional learning environment where students will be able to hear presentations from insightful industry experts.
Across the event there will be hands on challenges and opportunities for students to get to grips with specific areas of STEM and defence including:
- UAS Challenge – Design and build an Unmanned Aerial System
- 4x4 Challenge – Design and build a remote-control all-terrain vehicle
- Medical Innovation Demonstration – Learn about frontline medical care and technology
- Ships Visits and Waterborne Demonstration
A full programme will be available soon.
Personal Development Hub
In the Personal Development Hub, located in the Global Theatre, visitors will be able to engage with organisations involved skills and career development, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Formula 1 in Schools. Advice on STEM careers and education will be available, as well as practical information such as CV writing.
Exhibitors taking part in People and Skills Day will have STEM ambassadors, graduate & apprentice leaders and HR staff on hand to answer questions and provide information on career pathways or simply provide insight into what a STEM career can entail. To get involved please contact us