Have your say at the Manufacturing Skills Debate

Manufacturing businesses continue to report problems finding the right people with the right skills; many commenting that skills shortages affect growth and competitiveness.

The challenges are well documented; but what are the solutions?

This EEF Debate jointly hosted with Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery examines some of the innovative approaches taken by manufacturers to respond to their business needs; investing in skills, planning for the future and taking proactive steps to secure the workforce they need to remain ahead of the field. Our case study section explores how a group of businesses tackled their skills shortages head on.

Join us at the Engineering Hub, the first School of Engineering to be built in the UK for more than 20 years and be part of the solution.

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Executives
  • Managing Directors
  • HR Professionals
  • Operations Directors

Why Attend?

  • Share best practice 
  • Identify solutions 
  • Gain industry insight 
  • Get connected
  • Take a tour 

Capacity limit: 45

Please note that we reserve the right to decline attendance of those who may be viewed as being competitor organisations to the host site.

Speakers

  • Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF
  • Sue Kirby, Membership External Affairs Manager, EEF
  • Steve Middleborough, Director Service Engineering - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Mike Gibbons, Product Training Manager - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Paul Birt, HR Director - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Mike Jones, HR Director Energy Sector North West Europe - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • Andrew Atherton, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor – Lincoln University
  • Dr Jill Stewart, Head of Engineering, School of Engineering – Lincoln University

Programme

08:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

09:00 Welcome to the Engineering Hub

  • Andrew Atherton, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor – Lincoln University 

09:05 Key note address

  • Terry Scuoler, CEO, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation

09:30 Siemens

What led to Siemens investment in the first new School of Engineering in 20 years? 

  • Steve Middleborough, Director Service Engineering, Siemens / OR Mike Gibbons, Product Training Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd AND Dr Jill Stewart, Head of Engineering, School of Engineering – Lincoln University

09:50 Refreshments

10:10 Skills Shortages

Skills Challenges within a Low Carbon Economy 

  • Mike Jones, HR Director, Energy Sector North West Europe - Siemens 

10:30 Debate 1

How current skills shortages are impacting on manufacturing competitiveness and growth?

11:20 Engineering our Future

A case study from a group of businesses who have tackled their skills shortages head on.

11:50 Debate 2

Solutions and what works

12:40 Plenary Session

  • An opportunity to debate key findings from the morning.
  • Sue Kirby, Membership External Affairs Manager, EEF – the manufacturers’ organisation
  • Paul Birt, HR Director, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd 

13:00 Lunch and networking

13:30 Tour of the Engineering Hub

  • Mike Gibbons, Product Training Manager - Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
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