EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has given its strong backing to the launch of the Manufacturing Insight programme and the appointment of its first Director, Nick Hussey.
Manufacturing Insight is an independent organisation that will play a key part in helping to challenge and change public perceptions of the manufacturing sector. Of particular focus for the group will be a campaign in schools designed to generate enthusiasm for students to pursue careers in manufacturing.
As well as supporting Nick, through membership of the Insight programme’s Interim Board, EEF is also giving support in kind to the programme overall by providing accommodation and support facilities in EEF’s London office in Westminster.
Nick Hussey, non-executive director of SayOne Media – publisher of trade magazine The Manufacturer – has been been appointed as the new director of Manufacturing Insight.
“It is essential that we change the image of manufacturing and raise awareness of the exciting careers that are available,” says Hussey. “That is why I am delighted to be given this opportunity.”
Ian Lucas, Minister for Business, Regulatory Reform and Employment Relations comments: “I congratulate Nick Hussey on his appointment as Director of Manufacturing Insight. This is a key commitment under our 2008 Manufacturing Strategy, and recognises how vitally important it is to promote, support and celebrate UK manufacturing successes.
“The UK is the sixth largest manufacturer in the world, and with the recent publication of the document on Advanced Manufacturing, the Government has signalled its commitment to the future of manufacturing, with high tech, high skills at its core.
“Manufacturing Insight will play a vital role in promoting the exciting work of the manufacturing sectors, which will in turn with help ensure that manufacturers have the future resource they need to be successful in new and evolving markets.”