Education and skills

EEF offers members a range of resources designed to help you attract new talent into your business and retain and develop your current workforce. Our experience advising manufacturers, and close relationships with government, mean we have unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of the skills challenges you face and are best placed to provide possible solutions.

Negotiating the complex manufacturing skills arena

Manufacturers in the UK have access to a wide range of resources devoted to helping you enhance the skills of your people. However, working your way through everything on offer to find out what is best for your business is a daunting task.

EEF offers practical and pragmatic information, advice and guidance in finding the resources which best meet your needs whether that be getting access to skills funding, identifying the best training courses, or networking you with like-minded companies. 

Open courses

Covering a full range of qualifications and training programmes, including mandatory training requirements, EEF courses are designed to deliver real business impact and improvement. EEF's courses offer accreditation by nationally recognised bodies and are delivered by experts in their own fields.

Our open courses include:

  • HR and employment law
  • Health and safety
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Lean process improvement
  • Intellectual property
  • Management development
  • Export and international trade
  • Personal development
  • Technical manufacturing skills.

If you're looking for IOSH, NEBOSH, IEMA, CMI and ILM courses, we have the broadest range of any manufacturing training provider. And because of our standing in the industry, we can also develop courses to meet your specific needs and have them accredited by the relevant awarding body.

Take a look at our training website>

Bespoke courses

With our outcome-focused approach, we ensure training is delivered with your business objectives in mind. Our open courses are set in context with your business, while our tailored and customised programmes combine the best blend of training and consultancy to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviour you need to reach your business objectives.

And we take a practitioner’s approach. We’ll help you to identify genuine skills gaps to ensure you gain maximum business impact and return on investment. No over-inflation of your needs and a focus on added value that is to your business. Just solid training and development from an experienced manufacturing organisation which prides itself on meeting employers’ needs through pragmatism.

Take a look at our training website>.

Apprenticeships and technical manufacturing skills

From recruiting the right apprentice and developing tailored training programmes through to ongoing support and assessment, we harness the passion and enthusiasm of young people in the industry.

Whether you want to be an apprentice, are an employer wanting to take on an apprentice, or want to enhance technical manufacturing skills in your company, EEF can meet your needs in its purpose built technology training centre.

Take a look at our apprentices and skills website>.

Recruiting key skills

As a result of our partnerships with leading recruitment providers, EEF can help members identify and recruit the talent you need to grow your business.

Through the Advantages programme, EEF members enjoy preferential access to the services of Wilson HCG, one of the UK’s leading providers of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).

And through EEF’s strategic partnership with Talent Retention Solution (TRS), EEF members can use the TRS recruitment platform to both advertise vacancies as well as to support re-deployment programmes.

Take a look at our recruitment services>.

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