Britain’s manufacturers are urging the Chancellor to maintain his focus on driving up productivity and pressing ahead with infrastructure investment in the forthcoming Budget to ensure that businesses are teed up for post-Brexit success.
The manufacturing sector is experiencing a dangerous skills shortage that appears to be getting worse with every passing year. There is a great deal of blame to go around, but a significant portion of it rests with the education system. Changing that requires a change in national attitudes to manufacturing, as Nick Peters reports.
Britain’s manufacturers are warning the government that walking away from the EU with no deal in place is not an option and will leave business on a cliff edge of uncertainty that will damage jobs and investment.
In October 2016, Atos and The Manufacturer teamed up for the second year in a row to bring together more than 20 decision-makers in Atos’ London office, to discuss four key industry challenges at the 'Transforming Manufacturing Embracing Digital' roundtable event.
When thinking of start-ups, the image of tanned Ivy League dropouts developing complicated pieces of software from their unconventional Californian workspaces often springs to mind. But the reality of launching a business – big or small – from scratch can be very different, as is often the case with those starting up manufacturing in the UK. Rita Lobo examines the challenges of taking the first steps in manufacturing.
“Total dysfunction”. This is the verdict on the education system in England and Wales from former education secretary Lord Baker, who believes it is failing to produce young people with the skills that industry needs. Nick Peters reports.