SME manufacturers, supported by Made Smarter, have embraced a new approach to leadership during the coronavirus crisis.
Made Smarter manufacturers using 3D printing to make PPE and ventilator parts for NHS and care homes
SME manufacturers supported by Made Smarter are using emerging technologies to navigate the impact on business from the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 75% of SME manufacturers supported by Made Smarter with digitalisation are putting data and systems integration at the heart of their productivity and growth plans.
This week, the GC Business Growth Hub has released a White Paper called ‘Attracting, retaining and developing talent in the manufacturing sector’. Here are my thoughts on the results.
300 North West small and medium sized manufacturers have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the Made Smarter programme.
When I attend networking events, I often hear the same problems being raised by companies in the manufacturing and engineering sectors: ‘what do we do about the lack of skills?’ While there is always a need to ensure organisations develop employees for skills retention, I believe this to be more of a lack of awareness of the vast array of opportunities available within these sectors.
I have worked in the manufacturing, tech, engineering and construction sectors most of my career and my own experience has shown that they offer a huge range of opportunities.
Following the launch of a £20 million North West pilot before Christmas, the manufacturers’ organisation Make UK (formally EEF) yesterday called on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to increase investment in the Made Smarter business support programme and roll it out nationally as early as this year.
Since it began 12 years ago, the Make It campaign has inspired more than 70,000 students and schools – showing youngsters from a wide range of backgrounds what they can expect if they pursue a career in the world of manufacturing.