Workforce and skills

STEMNET: A decade of achievement

As STEMNET celebrates its 10th anniversary Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of the popular skills initiative, pays tribute to the tireless work of its STEM Ambassadors and explains why the practical programme for employer engagement works for busy professionals.

Dinner debate: Wised-up workforce

“At peak we have four temporary workers to one permanent. The temps we bring in, who may only stay for two weeks, need to be up to speed on quality and output within forty eight hours.”This is the challenge Simon Noakes, operations manager at garden equipment manufacturer Hozelock, shared as a ‘starter for ten’ at TM’s most recent Manufacturer Director’s Forum debate.

Pay and retention: For richer, for poorer

Operations at Perkins factory in Stafford.

Is your employer doing justice to your talents? Or do you feel tempted to move on to a company which does more to keep you happy? James Pozzi finds out which companies and sectors are seen as the most rewarding work environments for today’s engineers.

Employee ownership: Sharing the action

Employee ownership of UK firms is rising at an average annual rate of 10%. But how popular is it with the manufacturing sector and what is the attraction of increasing the employee shareholder stake? Iain Hasdell chief executive of the Employee Ownership Association shares some observations and evidence.

The Bloodhound gang

Bloodhound 2013

The gang are on the move to a new base as they work against the clock on the machine's primary structure. Conor La Grue, product sponsorship lead at Bloodhound SSC, updates TM readers on the countdown to its world land speed record attempt.