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    13-08-2018, 07:54 AM
    Hello Everyone, I know that many of you are extremely passionate about encouraging the next generation into the manufacturing industry and one of the most popular routes for doing this is through offering apprenticeships. I’ve heard from many of you that you struggle to find the young people with the right qualifications for these roles or even find young people that are interested. So I wanted to share this report I found published by the Sutton Trust, read more here. It highlights how two-thirds of secondary school teachers would not recommend apprenticeships to pupils with good...
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    31-07-2018, 09:00 AM
    Hello Everyone, We are always looking for ways to improve the EEF Network and your feedback is always really important to us! We have implemented lots of changes to the Network based on the feedback from the community. For example off the back of community feedback, we launched the EEF app and recently launched the ability to log in with your email address as well as username. We are looking at making some changes to the way the Network is promoted, so we are interested in learning more about the main reasons you use the Network, what features you like most and areas for...
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    26-07-2018, 01:24 PM
    Hi Phil Whittaker thanks for your question! I will outreach to some community members that may be able to help, in the meantime, I encourage others to share their experiences. Thanks Amy
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    26-07-2018, 09:17 AM
    A new report by PWC has highlighted the potential of new technologies such as AI and robotics to create up to 7.2m jobs across the UK. Many are concerned that these new technologies will put many people out of jobs as robots take over jobs previously done by humans. However, this report highlights how drones and driverless vehicles could, in fact, create many additional jobs, leading to increased productivity and ultimately increased income. Ultimately the loss of traditional jobs could be replaced by the new jobs created by technology, balancing one another out. The impact of the...
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    24-07-2018, 01:36 PM
    Hopkins Catering Equipment is led by female MD, Victoria Hopkins and based in Yorkshire. This company recognised that the sustainability of the business was in its hands and innovation and diversity would be the key to its future success. As a manufacturer of traditional fish and chip frying equipment, the company quickly identified and capitalised on the latest outdoor catering trend. Couple this investment with a recent efficiency improvement programme and it has increased production capacity by 20%, facilitating diversification and enabling it to convert vintage horsebox trailers...
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    24-07-2018, 08:57 AM
    Hi @Nevil Chesterfield I outreached to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, as I recently saw them give a presentation about retaining millennial workers at a Manufacturing Connect Event. EEF's manufacturing events for the rest of 2018 can be seen here @David Woakes from Jonathan Lee wanted me to share some of the slides he presented which give us some interesting advice for recruiting and retaining workers. Hopefully, others will find this information useful. If anyone would like any extra information from David let me know and I can connect you. Thanks
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    23-07-2018, 03:32 PM
    Brompton Bicycle has transformed the cycling industry, with millions of commuters using their handy folding bikes on their journeys to work. Last year Brompton announced it was launching new folding e-bike. Powered by a 250 watt motor in the front hub and with a 300Wh battery pack, Brompton says that the machine has a range of between 25 and 50 miles. Brompton worked Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the motor racing group, to help design the electric motor for the bike. Brompton’s battery pack is a standalone item which can be clipped onto the front of the bike. A very different...
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    19-07-2018, 11:21 AM
    Hi Julian Ellis, I've asked a few colleagues for some suggestions that may be helpful. Universal Balancing has some resources on their website as well as balance tolerance calculator: CEMB Hofmann has lots of information on their site about machines so this type of testoing which may also be helpful:
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    18-07-2018, 01:45 PM
    Hello We have been approached by a masters’ student at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge working on a research project focused on industrial augmented reality (AR). The goal of the research is to determine which capabilities and factors influence industrial AR implementation to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. To help gather research for the survey we are asking for anyone with experience of implementing industrial AR to fill in the survey here. It’s a short survey taking less than 5 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.
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    16-07-2018, 08:45 AM
    Hi Julian Ellis thanks for the question. I will have a think about who may be able to help with your enquiry. In the meantime, I encourage others to share their experiences. Amy
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    16-07-2018, 08:38 AM
    Hello, As you will be aware, the latest change to the vocational education landscape is the introduction of T Levels. T Levels are being introduced as an alternative to A Levels. They would be two year, classroom-based programmes, and act as a stepping stone onto further study or employment. More details on what T Levels are can be found on our latest blog. A significant component of T Level programme is the industry placement that a T Level student must undertake during the 2 years. The industry placement must be at least 45 days long, carried out in a workplace setting, and be...
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    10-07-2018, 12:41 PM
    Hi Nevil Chesterfield thanks for raising this important issue. I sat in on some of the most recent EEF Regional Advisory Board meetings across the UK and heard first hand from manufacturers how this issue was affecting them. I will reach out to those I spoke to see if they can share some insights with the community. In the meantime, I encourage others to share their experiences. Amy
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    10-07-2018, 11:31 AM
    Thanks, Jim Davison looks like a fantastic event in a brilliant setting! I encourage any community members who attended to share their experiences and key learnings :) Amy
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    10-07-2018, 11:27 AM
    Waleed Shihadah welcome to the Network and thanks for introducing yourself and giving a detailed overview of your business :) Sounds like you offer a really interesting service that means you'll be able to provide some interesting insights into questions on the network. Amy
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    10-07-2018, 11:19 AM
    Hi Mark Maltby Great question, employee engagement is a really interesting topic. I wanted to share this thread on the Network about employee engagement which has had lots of replies see here. My colleague Kirsty has shared some fantastic insights from her time working on engagment at Mars using Gallup. David Jason Muller has also shared his experiences of employee engagement at Lush in this thread. Many others have shared their experiences. So hopefully you'll find this thread useless as a first step. I will also recah out to a a few community members and encourage others to share...
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    10-07-2018, 08:19 AM
    Did you know that EEF Member Wire Belt provide the equipment that gives chocolate digestives their distinctive latticed pattern? The biscuit is face down on the conveyor belt, and the chocolate comes up from underneath and covers the biscuit in what’s called chocolate enrobing. The metal conveyor belt used in this process is called a Flat-Flex Conveyor Belt. Wire Belt Company Ltd have been manufacturing Flat-Flex in the UK since 1962. They’ve been at their current location in Sittingbourne, which was purpose-built in 1988. To find out more see this video which appeared on the...
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    06-07-2018, 10:31 AM
    Hello everyone, We are delighted to announce that users can now log on to the network using your registered email address as well as/instead of your name. Please remember your username is your full name. So when you log in next time you can enter your email address or username in the grey log in boxes – see below We have been able to implement this technical development based on feedback from network users. So we encourage you to share your experiences of how you find using the network and any other features you would like to see added with us, by emailing...
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    03-07-2018, 07:58 AM
    Manufacturers face a number of challenges after Brexit across trade, migration, regulation and other issues. To help manufacturers navigate their way through Brexit, EEF has a range of resources available including reports & blogs from our Experts, a step by step guide to Brexit and a detailed Brexit FAQ. EEF has also launched a Brexit Toolkit for manufacturers, which provides step-by-step guidance about future trade, regulation changes and the impact on your workforce. The Brexit Trade toolkit is a self-audit tool that delivers a simple, easy-to-understand report to help companies plan...
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    02-07-2018, 03:31 PM
    Following the release of this "The role of health and wellbeing in manufacturing" report, EEF held a webinar exploring the key findings in more detail. I sat in on the webinar and found the Siemens case study really interesting and was packed with ideas of how to get started with a wellbeing programme. You can watch the webinar here If you have any questions or want to find out more, contact my colleague @Jennifer Russell-Cairns on
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    26-06-2018, 09:13 AM
    Hello, In an increasingly uncertain business environment, where the UK is now on a path to leave the European Union, we recognise that manufacturers face significant challenges and opportunities. It is still very unclear how the UK will continue to trade with the European Union, when the UK officially leaves the EU at 11pm UK time on Friday 29 March, 2019. Manufacturing makes up 45% of UK exports and directly employs 2.7 million people. So it is vitally important that we reach an agreement that benefits the industry. This week concerns have been raised by Britain’s logistics...
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