EnginE partnership to boost county's productivity

Lancaster University Management School has launched a new programme which gives the county's advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses access to free skills training and resources.

The EnginE project has been created to make the county more productive and profitable by opening doors for small and medium-sized businesses to access effective workforce development opportunities and futureproof their businesses.

It will tackle common challenges such as recruiting and retaining great staff, delivering cost-effective training, upskilling and development for existing employees, and making apprenticeships work for their business.

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund, and will be delivered in partnership with Blackburn College, Blackpool and The Fylde College, the North West Aerospace Alliance and the Northern Automotive Alliance, and in collaboration with Boost.

Annette Suddes, EnginE project manager at Lancaster University Management School, said: "There are common challenges that many advanced manufacturers and engineering companies face – whether it’s productivity, an ageing workforce, time constraints that limit workforce planning or difficulties in providing the right training employees need. Unfortunately there is ‘no one size fits all’ solution– but this is where EnginE comes in.

EnginE partners will create a tailored package of skills interventions for each SME.

"Together, EnginE partners will create a tailored package of skills interventions for each SME that will help address their skills challenges. This will help ensure Lancashire companies remain competitive and apace with global competitors in such a fast-growing market.”

An event held on April 2, Leading your Manufacturing 4.0 Workforce Development, will look at industrial digitalisation, and how leaders need to address issues around people and work cultures as much as technology to adapt and evolve.

Attendees will benefit from the advice of Sean McIlveen, who has experience at the top of the engineering industry as HR director at both Rolls Royce Aerospace and Ford Britain. He will particularly focus on addressing the challenges for SMEs.

The event will take place in Lancaster House Hotel, Bailrigg, on Tuesday, April 2, between 6pm and 8pm. You can register here.