Campaign Plan

UKNEST will deliver the Campaign Plan through a Programme based on three Working Groups.

Programme Boards

There will be three Working Groups to deliver the UK NEST Campaign Plan. These will be focused on:

People (Co-Chaired by Natalie Desty & Captain Matt Bolton RN)

The key issues for developing and sustaining the naval sector work-force are:

  • Increasing the number of females and ethnic minorities employed in the sector
  • Understanding RN retention and the scale of retention issues for Naval Enterprise
  • Understand retention and recruitment issues across the industrial Naval sector.
  • Increasing the number of children studying STEM subjects
  • Creating a mechanism to make mid career switching easier into the Naval from other sectors
  • Understand current knowledge sharing best practice within the enterprise and create a mechanism to share retention best practice
  • Creating a reciprocol graduate placement scheme between UKNEST member companies
  • Increase training opportunities
  • Increase professional registration of EngTech engineers
  • Sustain the UKNEST Scholarship
  • Establish a FutureNEST/Graduate/Scholar social media network

Technology (Co-Chaired by Captain Paul Carroll RN & Jim Kelly)

The Technology programme will focus on increasing the levels of research and development investment in the naval sector. This will require collaboration and coordination between UK NEST Members as well as better interaction with academia and potential sources of funding, both within UK and wider EU. The key initiatives are:

  • Creating an S & T vision for the Naval Enterprise
  • Cataloguing toolsets that interface across organisations
  • Advise on improving DefStans
  • Identify key challenges for unconstrained innovation
  • Promote consideration of alternative CONOPS; promote collaborative enterprise, alternative business models

Communications (Chaired by Ben Dobson)

The Communications programme will lead on promoting UK NEST and ensuring that its activities are widely circulated.

Year of Engineering (Chaired by Alex Morphew)

The primary activity is the development and management of a National schools competition: “Design a vessel that an rescue 1000 people from the sea