North East Manufacturing Skills Summit

Together we’re making skills matter for manufacturing in the North East.

Turbulent times refocused attention on the importance of manufacturing in leading the continued economic recovery. And there’s a major challenge which manufacturers are championing for change – skills which are fit for the future.

We’re bringing together our regional community of manufacturers, influencers, opinion formers and training providers. Together we’ll be addressing how the skills needs of our industry will be met. We’ll also be showcasing the best of manufacturing skills development in the region. And, we’ll be helping you to identify support that’s available.

Who Should Attend?

  • Manufacturers
  • Business support community
  • Influencers
  • Stakeholders
  • Training providers
  • Media

Why Attend?

By attending the North East Skills Summit you will have the chance to unite with fellow manufacturers and stakeholders on one of the most pressing business issues the industry faces.
  • Hear from industry leaders, decision makers and influencers on their view of the future skills infrastructure
  • Put your questions to them in a Question Time style panel debate
  • Share views on best practice and network with your peers
  • Lay the foundations for championing workplace skills and building a high skilled economy
  • Support the local manufacturing community in establishing a dynamic employer voice to lobby central government


Our impressive line up of speakers and panellists includes:
  • Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes
  • Regional media personality, Wendy Gibson - Chair
  • EEF Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler
  • MD of ContiTech Beattie, Andrew Esson
  • MD of Siemens UK Industry Sector, Juergen Maier
  • CEO of SEMTA, Philip Whiteman 

09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome

Wendy Gibson

09:45 Flexible skills for the future of manufacturing

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive, EEF

10:00-10:30 Redefining a demand-led skills system

Andrew Esson, MD, Contitech Beattie

10:30-10:35 Video message to delegates

John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

10:35-11:00 TBC

11:00 Coffee

11:15-12:15 Panel Debate & Questions

  • John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning 
  • Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive, EEF 
  • Juergen Maier, Managing Director, Siemens UK Industry Sector 
  • Andrew Esson, Managing Director, ContiTech Beattie 
  • and more leading manufacturing stakeholders to be announced
12:15-13:00 Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:00-14:15 Skills development workshops

Your choice of three best practice workshops, led by regional manufacturers:

  • Attracting Talent Workshop 
  • Developing and Retaining Talent Workshop 
  • Skills For Growth
14:20 Panel debate and discussion 

15:20 Closing remarks

Terry Scuoler, Cheif Executive, EEF

15:30 Finish

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