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Wednesday, 7th December 2016 - 17:00

ITS United Kingdom sets up Capabilities Working Group

ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Systems society for the UK, has launched a new Working Group for Capabilities.  The CWG will work on best practice in recruitment, training, qualifications and career progression in the ITS sector.  It is led by ITS (UK) Technical Director Fraser Sommerville of Atkins, and includes representatives from Local Authorities, Highways England, HS2, consultancies and research institutions.

The CWG has drawn up an initial list of deliverables:

  • A definition of ITS skills and tasks
  • A compendium of formal qualifications useful to an ITS professional
  • A collection of existing, successful ITS career path studies
  • A Best Practice Guide to training and development for ITS employers

Fraser Sommerville said:  “As an industry we need to focus on getting the right capabilities available to deliver complex projects in a rapidly changing environment.  Skill shortages are predicted in ITS and Intelligent Mobility so we need to be pro-active in encouraging new people into the sector and actively training and developing those already involved in ITS.“

Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK) commented:  “The skills shortages in our sector are linked to the wider picture in the STEM sector and we will continue to work with our colleagues in the CIHT and at the IET as well as run this internal Working Group.  We need to work together to grow the pool of competent staff, not compete for recruits from other areas of the transport sector.  The CWG is our contribution to the wider efforts.”

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For further information, please contact:

 

Jennie Martin

ITS (UK)

Tel:

+44(0)20 7709 3003
Email: mailbox@its-uk.org.uk
 

Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.

The membership, around 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, consultants, contractors, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.