Navigating Brexit: the migration minefield - Midlands | EEF

Navigating Brexit: the migration minefield - Midlands

Round Table Dinner

Join us for a dinner event delving into emerging concerns about the skills gap and the upcoming migration challenge post Brexit. This regional event will bring together leaders from across UK manufacturing and HR to network on shared challenges as well as hear from experts who will provide the best advice on what actions they should take now.

EEF, in partnership with Squire Patton Boggs, have recently produced a report – Navigating Brexit: The Migration Minefield. The report, based on a survey of manufacturers showed some concerning trends in the number of EU citizen leaving UK manufacturing companies and a slump in job applications from EU citizens. This is against the backdrop of an already yawning skills gap in the sector.

This event will also explore what the UK Government needs to do next to support companies to prepare for the post-Brexit world – including producing a suite of resources and tools to support EU citizens and their families applying for settled status as well as setting out a light touch migration policy for those EU citizens coming to the UK after December 2020. We will discuss the areas of HR support that companies have said they need and what is already out there to help employers prepare and navigate through the migration minefield.

Who should attend?

HR, CEOs, MDs and Operations/Manufacturing Directors

Why attend?

  • Hear what companies are doing to mitigate the impacts of fewer EU citizens coming to work in the EU and more leaving the UK, and therefore UK businesses
  • Understand the existing support that is out there to help companies navigate Brexit and share views on what the Government must do now
  • Hear the latest political intelligence on the future of EU migration policy and what EEF, on behalf of the manufacturing industry, is calling on Government
  • Hear various scenarios of how EU employees in your business could be affected by the new changes based on various post-Brexit scenarios
  • Advice on what action you, as an employer, should take now to fully understand the risk to your business and how you can support your EU employees


  • Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and Skills, EEF
  • Annabel Mace, Partner and Head of Immigration, Squire Patton Boggs


18:30 Arrival and drinks reception 
19:00 Dinner served, discussion throughout
21:00 Formal close


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