The Global Manufacturing Festival 2013, Sheffield

After two years of remaining fairly provincial, there are signs that the Sheffield City Region’s three-day Global Manufacturing Festival is actually going global. And there is proper value-add for visiting SMEs as the organisers plan to fix business networking meetings with multinational companies.

Employee of the month: Josh Brough of Siemens

A government select committee review of apprenticeships was published in November which called urgently for an elevation of the status of apprenticeships to become par with university education. Siemens, along with many other manufacturing companies, has long held this belief and here Josh Brough, now a production engineer at Siemens Industry explains why being accepted on its apprenticeship programme enhanced his career expectations.

Workforce and skills: It’s good to share

Imagine a company divided from its sector hub, manufacturing a product in an area with few peers, in an industry largely perceived to be in national decline – yet determined to forge a future for itself through reviving investment in technology and skills.