Skills Innovation

This award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has taken a new, novel and innovative approach to addressing the skills requirements in our industry.  This could be at any part of the skills value chain or employee life cycle. Or it could be the development of a new skills offering that pushes the STEM agenda forward and/or helps to reduce skills gaps within your business, sector, or local community.


  • Judges are looking for entries that demonstrate innovative approaches to identifying skill​​s needs, or within UK engineering and manufacturing, and the solutions that will make a difference.  

Other considerations when completing the nomination form:

  • How is innovation and technology helping your organisation or Industry in the current climate and the future skills needs?  How is it helping upskill and reskill existing employees? How does this innovation and technology encourage a diversity of new entrants into the sector?
  • Have you adopted innovative learning tools such as gamification, ​​Artificial Intelligence or Virtual Reality to share knowledge​?​​     ​ ​I​f so​,​ share with us the benefits
  • Share any return on investment where applicable
  • Evidence how the offering is ​nuanced and progressive. ​ ​Consider ​whether it has distinct, game changing advantages over any alternatives.

Last year's winner


The Skills Innovation of the Year award was won by:
Autolive by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and Coventry University Enterprises

The shortlisted submissions for this category also included:

  • Bethany Cobb of Burnley College
  • Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult

We congratulate all those involved!