Manufacturing Connect at David Nieper | EEF

Manufacturing Connect at David Nieper

#GenerationZ & your skill strategy: Buck the manufacturing trends and be internationally competitive!

Our Manufacturing Connect events are hosted at manufacturers' facilities and include a factory tour, enabling best practice and information sharing with your peers. 

Skills continues to be the number one issue for manufacturers. The issues around skills include: 

  • The challenge of attracting the next generation of talent, with the right skills. 
  • The ‘productivity gap’, as skills are one of the main reasons for the gap
  • One of the main barriers for businesses not investing in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • The pace of change of 4IR, which will require much greater re-training and upskilling of the existing workforce
  • The uncertainty of post-Brexit as 11% of the UK workforce are non-UK EU nationals.

Skills for the UK Manufacturing sector are always cited as the main reason contributing to the ‘productivity gap’, and with the sector moving towards the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) this is not getting any easier. We need to continue to attract young people into STEM subjects and then ultimately into the UK Manufacturing sector. We must use the pace of 4IR to attract this vital skills set into the sector, but this must be balanced with up skilling and reskilling those already working in the sector. 

This Manufacturing Connect event is hosted by David Nieper, a fashion textile manufacturer who has bucked the textile manufacturing trend for over 50 years and never needed to go offshore. This manufacturer has taken a long term approach to inspire young people, by leading the government apprentice trailblazer and by making skills training a core activity. Hear about this current skill strategy from the Managing Director Christopher Nieper and engage in a discussion to influence the skills agenda with EEF’s skills policy team. 

Who should attend?

Attend if you are:

  • A manufacturer with skills shortages, skill gaps and looking to understand how to recruit the next generation and recognise the skills you will need in the future. 
  • CEOs/MDs
  • Operations/Manufacturing Directors 
  • IT Directors/Managers 
  • CTOs  
  • Have an interest in securing the right skills now and future skills for the business

Why attend?

  • What the manufacturing workplace of the future looks like and a discussion on how we get there as a sector.
  • What will organisations require from their staff in the future? 
  • How do you bring your workforce with you during the change journey?
  • Hear what EEF is doing to influence the skills agenda and Input into EEF skills policy.

What you will take away from this event?

  • An understanding of how to prepare your current workforces for modern manufacturing workplaces 
  • How we can ensure the education system is suitable for UK manufacturers 
  • An opportunity to share best practice on attracting the next generation and recruitment strategies.  
  • An appreciation of the future skill requirements for your business, as new technologies demand new skill-sets of workers and leaders. 




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08:30  Registration, Refreshments & Networking
09:00  Welcome and Introduction: EEF Region Director
09:05  Our Journey: How fashion manufacturer David Nieper has bucked the trend for over 50 years with their Skills & Competitive Strategies, Christopher Nieper (Managing Director)
09:30  #GenerationZ: Attracting the next generation and making the education system fit for manufacturers, EEF Skills Policy Team
09:45  Discussion with EEF Skills Policy Team & Christopher Nieper
10:30  Factory Tour of David Nieper & Networking
11:00  Close
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