Last Friday I attended the RBS Food and Drink Conference in Edinburgh, an all-day event focussed on one of Scotland’s core industry sectors. With representatives from entrepreneurial start-ups, seeking their first investors to more established SMEs, household names and global leaders, it was fantastic to hear about their organisations, how their businesses were facing the current market challenges and planning for the future.
Throughout 2015 employers have continued to highlight their concern over skills gaps within the engineering and manufacturing sectors. To create opportunities for the next generation of engineers to develop their knowledge, skills and gain recognised qualifications and a genuine understanding of the industry, a new engineering foundation apprenticeship started its two year pilot in 2014.
Helen Young, Depute Head of Engineering at West Lothian College, one of two Scottish colleges involved in the trial, caught up with us to let us know how the pilot is progressing after its first full year, share feedback from those on the course and learn how industry can get involved in developing talent for the future. Continue reading
At this year’s SMAS Annual Conference, we met with Veronica Ferguson, Industrial Outreach Officer from the ‘ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-Based Production Processes’ and heard how, as part of the UK National Centre led by Heriot Watt University, they are working with industry partners to develop new ways of using lasers in UK manufacturing, helping organisations across Scotland and the UK to take advantage of the latest innovations and developments in this rapidly growing field.
Intrigued to understand more about this growing, multi-billion dollar global industry we met up with Veronica after the conference to find out more: Continue reading
Manufacturing: Making a Difference
With over 350 delegates in attendance, representing every aspect of Scottish Manufacturing from Food & Drink and Textiles to Chemicals and Electronics this truly was, as organisers SMAS had predicted, “the highest profile manufacturing focused event in Scotland in 2014”.