Fylde engineers in skills scheme with university

BAE Warton's Eurofighter Typhoon production line
BAE Warton's Eurofighter Typhoon production line
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A Fylde business is in one of five groups chosen by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills for a high profile scheme to test new ways to develop skills for innovation in manufacturing.

BAE at Warton has linked up with Lancaster University in an initiative designed to boost the region’s advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

The Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering (IME) programme will focus targeted support for the region’s small and medium sized companies in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.

The IME programme has received £150,000 co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the UK Futures Programme.

Dave Holmes, Manufacturing Operations Director for BAE Systems Military Air and Information, said: “As a business we recognise we do not have a monopoly on good ideas and if there are collaborative ways we can work with our supply chain to develop new ways of working, we want to take them.

“We hope this programme will enable us to support our supply chain further to ensure we are all playing a part in being as efficient and effective as possible.”

It will develop strategic thinking, innovation capacity and leadership and management skills through masterclasses, workshops, innovation challenges and action learning groups.

It will also support access to regional and national innovation infrastructure, such as the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Exploitation Centre (AEM-TEC) which is based at Warton and Samlesbury.

Ian Gordon, the Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering programme director from Lancaster University Management School, said: “This programme will draw upon expertise within Lancaster University and BAE to develop and enhance the innovation capacity of SME owner-managers within the vitally important advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.

“The programme concentrates directly on participants’ businesses and the personal development of the owner-manager, providing a framework for increased profitability, innovation and business growth, and further supporting the region’s economy and jobs.”