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The watchtower initiative for Engineering and manufacturing businesses

August 2 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

*Having problems recruiting or retention of staff?

Free Event – 02 August 2023, The Lancashire Energy HQ, Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone. FY4 2QS. See below to book.

The Lancashire Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) Watchtower project support AEM businesses identify organisations needs and offer tailored, coordinated business support and help to engage with the right support.

The programme includes:

An intelligence function to identify and protect Lancashire’s key aerospace assets and businesses.

A talent retention service to help people who have lost skilled jobs in Engineering and Manufacturing to find new work.

Support for businesses to find new contracts which fit their manufacturing capabilities nationally and internationally.

Support for businesses to innovate, for example, developing new products or new ways of working.

Meet the team at our next event run involving the Community & Business Partners CIC, Northwest Aerospace Alliance and Aerospace Consulting Ltd to deliver a variety of support to Lancashire based SME businesses within the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) sector, thanks to a £1mil investment from Lancashire County Council.

Click here to book your tickets https://lnkd.in/eC_9y7nt

Agenda & Running Order

08:45 – 09:15    Registration & Refreshments (on arrival)

09:15 – 09:20    Welcome (including housekeeping) – Jaydee Davis, Operations Director, Community & Business Partners

09:20 – 09:35    Watchtower Overview & Introduction

Watchtower is a 2-year £1,000,000 initiative from Lancashire County Council to support the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) sector targeted at tackling some of the economic impacts of Covid-19 and stimulating growth and is delivered by;

  • North West Aerospace Alliance – Kyle Hatchard, Support to innovate and diversify
  • Community & Business Partners – Recruitment support; matching at risk or redundant skilled employees with suitable businesses that have recruitment needs.

09:35 – 10.00    State of Skills Base in the Sector – Geoff Mason, Lancashire Local Skills Improvement Plan

An overview of the skills challenges within the sector and how employers can take a central role in directing local skills provisions

10:00 – 10:30    Hear from Lancashire businesses on how they have overcome their challenges.

  • Addison Group
  • Westinghouse
  • Valentine Pietri – Women in STEM. Why a career in engineering was the choice and how other businesses can attract the future workforce

10:30 – 10:40     Break & Coffee

10:40 – 11:10    Recruitment and Retention for the Sector – Taylor Made Recruitment

How do I recruit? The steps you can take to address skills gaps and find the people you need, including why employer branding is so important, how to really write your job adverts and where to advertise to get the best candidates. You’ve recruited, now what? Steps you can take to onboard and retain your talent, focusing on retaining your existing skills base and reduce the risk of losing your talent to competitors.

11:10 – 11:30    Skills Bootcamp for Manufacturing – IN4.0 Group

11:30 – 11:45    Q&A’s Session with Keynote Speakers and Watchtower Partners:

11:45 – 12:00    Way Forward and Close

12:00    Networking & Lunch Event Close – Community & Business Partners


August 2
8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Lancashire County Council


The Lancashire Energy HQ
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone FY4 2QS + Google Map

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