Blueprinting excellence: how to avoid a skills gap

Bob Gibbon, managing director at the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, explains why an economic downturn is the right time for employers to undertake an organisational skills audit, identify where the gaps are and invest in the training of its existing staff to ensure that those gaps are plugged

Lean manufacturing continues to support new strategies for growth

In recent years UK manufacturers have found a renewed vigour. New strategies have ranged from the development of innovative products and services and the move into high value niche markets to increasing exports to new and fast growing emerging economies. Importantly, companies have reinforced these growth strategies with an increased focus on improving productivity and efficiency.

Agents of choice

In times of economic turbulence, it is more vital than ever for manufacturers to ensure that money spent on recruitment is money spent wisely. Becky Done outlines the options

Survival of the fittest

Today’s, tomorrow’s and next week’s sector is heavily reliant upon a combined effort that fosters the right market for R&D funding, entrepreneurialism, collaboration with the universities and, above all, innovation, says Roy Pulley of MAS WM