Free webinar series addresses Manufacturing Challenges


College News and Communications
Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:38

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A new series of free business recovery webinars is being launched by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT). These have been specifically designed to support manufacturing businesses throughout the pandemic and into the recovery period.

The first webinar in the series takes place on Wednesday 3 June at 1pm and will cover the key considerations and challenges that manufacturing businesses might face in returning to work, with an emphasis on challenges in Advanced Manufacturing.

Addressing key themes around people, production, supply chains and profitability, speakers for the webinar will include;

  • Christine Tolley – Head of Human Resources, HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd
  • Carl Arntzen – CEO, Worcester Bosch Group
  • Neil Heslington – Managing Director, Continental Engineering Services Ltd
  • Poonam Aulak – Associate Professor in Engineering, Birmingham City University

Places on the first webinar can be reserved here – www.bcuadvantage.co.uk/webinars/business-recovery/

The business recovery webinars series is being produced by Birmingham City University (BCU) on behalf of GBSIoT and delivered in conjunction with the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Made in the Midlands.

Joanna Birch, Director for Innovation Enterprise and Employability at BCU and employer engagement lead for the Institute of Technology says;

“The Institute of Technology provides an integrated skills solution for manufacturers to solve skills challenges and support innovation. As manufacturers return to work we wanted to support leaders and employees in thinking about the practical implications of all the guidance available and help with some real world insight into some of the challenges, thinking and approaches being used by our employer board”.

“As the IOT grows we are building skills support for the sector and are eager to work in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Made in the Midlands to ensure the region’s manufacturing community are actively supported in this difficult time”.

Jacqui Maher, South & City College Assistant Principal - Curriculum: Development & Innovation added, “The IOT was created to support employers with a focus on future skills and innovation. All businesses will feel the effects of this global pandemic, on numerous levels for some time to come. The IOT is continually seeking ways to support the manufacturing community, and is committed to doing so during and beyond this unprecedented crisis”.

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology is an engineering education organisation formed by Aston University, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Solihull College and University Centre, South and City College Birmingham, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham.