Engineering Futures Group

Engineering Futures Group

ATG Training, an apprenticeship provider to the manufacturing and engineering sector, and Enterprise Marketing Solutions, a marketing agency serving the manufacturing sector, have partnered to create the Engineering Futures Group.

The aim of this group is to create a forum for businesses and their engineers in the Buckinghamshire area, to hear from speakers and discuss topics that affect their industry, and enable them to network. We intend to hold these events twice a year.

Next Event: Talent & Skills for the Industries of the Future

The skillset of your employees is key to the success of your business. However, the skills required and the availability of skilled personnel is constantly changing with advances in technology and changes in free movement on the horizon. So, how can your business secure and retain the talent and skills required to ensure the future of your business?

Join us at ATG Training on Friday 13th October 2017, for the next Engineering Futures Group event, to find out.

Date: Friday 13th October 2017
Time: 8am – 11am (Free bacon rolls will be provided)
Venue: ATG Training, The Future Centre, Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, HP19 8SZ

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Rupert Waters, Head of Economic Research, Buckinghamshire Business First

Rupert will be speaking about the current and future skills situation in Buckinghamshire, highlight any existing skills gaps in the Bucks/local area, how this might change in the future, and the need for Buckinghamshire to become better at retaining the required talent.

Rupert leads Buckinghamshire’s responses to Government economic development policies and brings together theory and local/national data to lobby Ministers for policy support in meeting the County’s economic challenges.

He was previously a consultant with Deloitte, KPMG and Local Futures. And now holds visiting positions at the University of Buckingham and Birkbeck, University of London, as well as being a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.

Rupert Waters, Head of Economic Research, Buckinghamshire Business First

Paul Avins, Managing Director / Business Growth Coach,

Paul will be discussing the difference between technician and management skills and how to overcome conflict between the different personality types. He will also help identify ways to develop technician skills for management roles.

Paul is one of the most sought-after speakers on Team Dynamics and Team Building and Dynamics, managing and leading High Performing Teams in the UK today.

With a 14-year track record of helping over 3,500 companies to grow their people and their profits, he’ll show you how to tap the talents of your team to deliver greater performance in all areas.

Paul believes strongly that in today’s fast changing digitally driven economy a company needs to understand the 5 Keys to High Performing Teams, so that it can build value in all areas of the supply chain and it’s relationships. He’s also the Author of 5 highly reviewed and rated business books, blending his practical approach with proven tactics and tools you can use.

Paul Avins, Managing Director / Business Growth Coach, Oxonetix

Mark Eighteen, Commercial Director, Activate Learning

The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in April 2017. Mark will be sharing his experience of how the levy works and how different employers are approaching it.

Mark joined Activate in 2015 to help drive apprenticeships and training solutions in the Thames Valley and London area.

He has worked in learning and development for 15 years, having previously managed the south region for Key Training where he was instrumental in driving apprenticeships. In 2010, Key Training placed less than 200 apprentices but by 2014, they were placing 1,000 young people into apprenticeships per year.

In addition, Mark also ran WWP (the commercial division of Key), delivering a variety of IT and leadership and management training solutions to the corporate market.

Mark Eighteen, Commercial Director, Activate Learning

Jackie Campbell, Skills Development Manager, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

For many businesses, school leavers offer an excellent recruitment opportunity. But how can these businesses engage effectively with schools? Jackie will be sharing her experience of the benefits of creating a relationship with schools with examples of good and bad practices.

Jackie is an experienced marketing professional, entrepreneur and project manager. Since 2010, she has taught and mentored adults and 16-18 year olds to start their own businesses at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she was also the Business Enterprise Manager, responsible for engaging and involving industry and commerce in the learning experience.

Jackie Campbell, Skills Development Manager, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

If you’re in engineering and manufacturing, are in the Buckinghamshire area and would like to join the discussion, simply join the Engineering Futures Group on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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