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Manufacturing Connect at Unipres - Learning Lessons on the Levy

Our Manufacturing Connect events are hosted at member and manufacturers’ facilities and include a site tour, enabling best practice and information sharing with your peers. Our upcoming event will help you learn about managing the Apprenticeship Levy, getting tips and advice from EEF and Unipres.

The Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 6th April 2017. Any apprenticeship that starts on, or after, the 1st May 2017 will be funded under the Apprenticeship Levy. This will be a fundamental shift from how apprenticeships are funded now. This will have a big impact on organisations in the manufacturing sector who fall into the scope of the Levy.

Some uncertain employers are being cautious, deferring or freezing apprentice recruitment until the Levy has been in play for some time.

Others are actively looking to invest as much of their Levy liabilities as possible by significantly increasing apprenticeship numbers - whether this is through new starts or up-skilling and re-skilling their employees through apprenticeships.

This Manufacturing Connect event looks at how manufacturers are reacting to the Levy, building on EEF's Levy report launched in March this year, and sharing with you how some employers have implemented the Levy to date.

Who should attend?

  • HR Managers
  • Talent Development Managers in charge of upskilling and reskilling
  • Learning and Development Managers
  • Owner-Managers

By attending this event, you will:

  • Learn about how others are managing the Levy
  • Get useful tips and advice about managing the Levy
  • Have the opportunity to ask EEF team members about the Levy
  • Hear about what EEF is doing to lobby Government on the Levy


Unipres-Speakers-CombinedJohn Cruddace, Director for Plant Operations and Administration, Unipres

John has been with the Company since 1989. He served his time as a toolmaker and worked his way to his current position after joining Unipres (then NYEL) as a Technician. Passionate about apprenticeships, John has massive experience in all aspects of Unipres's production process as well as being the driving force behind the Academy. He also maintains a hands-on approach towards staff development.


Maureen Askew, Senior Controller, Unipres 

Maureen joined Unipres in 2016 to support the development plans for upskilling and preparing the plant to respond and adapt to the Apprenticeship Levy.  She has been instrumental in Unipres's successful bid to become an Employer Provider confirmed in March this year and has a wealth of experience in the training sector. 


Stuart Sanderson, HR Manager, Unipres 

Stuart has responsibility for developing the Training Academy and has also been with the Company since 1989. Serving his time as an electrical engineer, he joined Unipres as a Manufacturing Technician going onto manage the Press and Assembly departments before becoming the HR Manager in 2014.







08:30 Registration, tea & coffee and networking
09:00 Welcome and introduction, EEF Region Director 
09:10 The Apprenticeship Levy: Context - EEF 
09:30  Unipres presentation - How the Levy has worked for us 
10:00  Discussion and audience debate on key issues - EEF Region Director to chair
10:20 Academy Tour/ Travel back to main plant for main Plant tour for those who are interested
11:30  Close 

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

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