As a long-time EEF member, Rolls-Royce are already strong supporters of the Future Manufacturing Awards, the premier industry awards programme in the UK. In fact, Rolls-Royce manufacturing leaders have sat on the expert judging panel for the awards in the past, and this understanding of the process’ rigour was part of what inspired the company to – once again – become an official awards partner in 2016.
“Through judging the awards in the past, we knew that what we particularly like about these awards is that the shortlisted entries for the national awards go through a rigorous presentation and interview process with the judges,” explains David Fisher, Apprentice Development Lead at Rolls-Royce. “The entrants do more than just explain what they’ve achieved; the judges carefully examine how they did it and what evidence they have of their success. This is a process that we endorse and is very different from other awards programmes out there.”
And the awards programme isn’t just for well-known, large brands either. David says, “There are all types of companies from all over the UK entering the awards. There are engineering companies that you may never have heard of before the awards that do very well. One of the best parts of the awards ceremony is getting to talk to some very talented engineers and networking with companies you haven’t met before.”
This year, Rolls-Royce have partnered with EEF to deliver the Partnership Award. The award goes to the company that has done the most to promote engineering and manufacturing careers through activities with education providers or through engaging with the local community.
“One of the best parts of the awards ceremony is getting to talk to some very talented engineers and networking with companies you haven’t met before.”
For Rolls-Royce, the attraction of this award is it recognises the importance of working together to get the best and talented into manufacturing. Hopefully some will even become employees of Rolls-Royce, and their supply chain. The company itself has a variety of leading initiatives and partnerships to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and apprenticeships, with a key goal of reaching 6 million young people by 2020 with the message that STEM can provide great career opportunities.
Andrew Davies, Learning Delivery Manager at Rolls-Royce, says, “The Future Manufacturing Awards are a high profile way to celebrate the potential we have in the UK as well as attracting the people we want to choose a career in the industry.”
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards is the most rigorous and respected recognition programme in UK manufacturing. Companies of all sizes can apply in categories ranging from developing people to apprentices to business growth. Regional winners in each category go onto the national awards event held annually in London. Learn more about the awards and see 2016’s categories.