An Up-Skill Battle: Member Connect in partnership with the University of Derby

The skills landscape is changing and it could be at quite a cost to manufacturers. Hear the latest findings in EEF’s research and some of the ways in which the University of Derby are addressing the skills gap.

Over the next three years, industry bosses expect a significant increase in the demand for skills, but almost three quarters are worried about how this demand is going to be met. Manufacturers’ plans to drive productivity improvements and to capitalise on Industry 4.0 (the digital industrial revolution) could be derailed because the UK is struggling to provide the right quantity and quality of skills to meet the sector’s needs. And with demand for skills set to rocket, the situation is about to spiral further.

Who should attend?

  • Engineering and Manufacturing organisations in the Midlands
  • Vital for those businesses with a wage bill of over £3 million
  • EEF Members and Non-members

Why attend?

  • Hear what the skills landscape currently looks like
  • Understand the support that the University of Derby can provide
  • Get up to speed with the apprenticeship levy
  • Hear from a the Head of Learning and Development at Aggregates Industries UK
  • Network with your peers, share practice and solve common challenges together


Verity O’Keefe, Senior Employment and Skills Policy Adviser, EEF

Christian Warden, Programme Director – Engineering Skills, EEF

Jane Lowe & Orla Kelleher, The University of Derby

David Butterfield, Head of Learning & Development, Aggregate Industries UK



Registration & Networking



Welcome & Introductions

Richard Halstead, Midlands Region Director, EEF


An Up-Skill Battle

Verity O’Keefe, Senior Employment & Skills Policy Adviser, EEF


The Skills Solution

Christian Warden, Programme Director – Engineering Skills, EEF


Addressing the Gap

Jane Lowe, Apprenticeships Manager & Orla Kelleher, Senior Lecturer Work Based Learning, the University of Derby


Apprentice Employers Case Study

David Butterfield, Head of Learning & Development, Aggregate Industries UK


Final remarks

Dr David Russell, Dean of the College of Business, The University of Derby


Lunch & Networking


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