Manufacturing Connect at MEP | EEF

Manufacturing Connect at MEP

Future Skills

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

Skills continue to be an issue for UK Manufacturing. They are always cited as one of the main reasons contributing to the “Productivity Gap”. The situation is not going to get any easier:

  • Leadership and skills are two of the main barriers listed for businesses not investing in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Not only do we need to attract young people into STEM subjects and then into Manufacturing, but the pace of change of 4IR will require a much greater re-training / upskilling of the existing workforce
  • 11% of the UK workforce are non-UK EU nationals, and their future post-Brexit is uncertain

Attend this event to get insight from EEF experts and leading businesses on:

  • What does the manufacturing workplace of the future look like?
  • How do we get there?
  • What will organisations require from their staff in future?
  • Are the current apprenticeship frameworks and new standards fit for purpose? Are they future proof?
  • Careers in future not be led by occupation, but the skills needed by industry
  • Upskilling current workers
  • Productivity improvements through skills investment
  • How do you bring your workforce with you during the change journey?

Who should attend?

You will get the most value out of this session if you are...

  • A CEO/Managing Director
  • An Operations/Manufacturing Director
  • A HR Director
  • Working for a manufacturing business looking towards automation/4IR

What you will take away from this event:

  • An understanding of what to consider when investing in robotics equipment, including the skills requirements
  • A business leader's perspective on 4IR and the opportunities it poses to manufacturers
  • An appreciation of the future skills requirements for your business and the UK as a whole, as new technologies demand new skill-sets of workers and leaders
  • A behind-the-scenes look at MEP's facilities


Jim Davison, Region Director - South, EEF


Bhavina Bharkhada, Education and Skills Policy Adviser, EEF


Phil Hart, Managing Director, MEP




09:00 Registration, tea, coffee and networking


Welcome and Introduction - Jim Davison, Region Director South, EEF
09:35 What MEP are doing to move their business & products forward. How does this affect the upskilling and skills needed from existing staff? MEP's apprenticeships and engagement with schools -  Phil Hart, Managing Director, MEP & Helen Hills, HR Advisor, MEP
10:00 Why choose an apprenticeship? What skills do you learn? What do they want from their future - MEP Apprentice


Skills - Bhavina Bharkhada, Education and Skills Policy Adviser, EEF - how the government’s policy agenda can help or hinder manufacturers in their quest to secure the skills they need for the future
10:45 Comfort break
11:00 Q&A panel discussion facilitated by Jim Davison, EEF
11:45 Tour of MEP
12:30 Problem Solving Network - Manufacturing Community - Jim Davison, EEF
12:35 Lunch & networking
13:30  Close

EEF will not normally refuse entry to events, however, it is our policy to not admit competitors of EEF or our host facility into Manufacturing Connect events.

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