A workforce tune-up – just what SME manufacturers need

Productivity primes profit. The perfect formula.  

SME businesses in the manufacturing sector rely on their agility to be at the forefront of innovation. Productivity is the leverage for growth and success.

Technological advances demand new skills, tuning up or maybe just re-tuning. Tuning into workforce development needs allows your business to build capacity and establishes the groundwork for retaining and gaining new contracts.

Retain and gain

Retaining customers through memorable customer service is one thing. Retaining and re-training staff to deliver those contracts is the balancing factor in this equation.
Heard it all before? How can you afford to release staff for upskilling?

A no-cost solution – a productivity boost

It does not have to be painful. EnginE, a Lancaster University initiative, is offering your SME manufacturing business the chance to access no-cost master classes, lasting a day or a half-day.
Think about this. How might they work to motivate and fine-tune your workforce for a productivity boost?

These masterclasses at local colleges (either Blackburn College or Blackpool and the Fylde College), can make an immediate impact on your business.
EnginE Masterclasses cover a range of results-focused topics such as:

  • 3D CAD modelling
  • Electronics development
  • 3D Printing
  • Microcontroller interfacing
  • Arduino-based prototyping
  • Engineering decision making matrix
  • Hybrid vehicle modelling with CAE
  • Specialist MIG or TIG welding techniques
  • Computational fluid dynamics in automotive aerodynamics
  • 3D computer aided design and Rapid Prototyping
  • Introduction to vehicle engine mapping
  • Engineering design modelling
  • 3D orthographic projections
  • Engineering modelling through statistics and analysis
  • Design flowchart
  • Engineering ethics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Simulation using the PWR simulator

EnginE is offering this and a great deal more by way of Skills Champion Interns (based in your company) and other relevant taster courses. More about these no-cost initiatives to follow.
To find out more, contact Annette Suddes EnginE@lancaster.ac.uk 01524 510194 or visit the website www.lancaster.ac.uk/EnginE.

EnginE is co-funded by the European Social Fund. Beneficiaries must be advanced engineering or manufacturing SME’s based in Lancashire, subject to eligibility criteria.

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