Whilst there is much talk about the opportunities for maximising the benefits of Industry 4.0 and the productivity gains to be had through greater automation and the ‘factory of the future’, many companies are concerned with just keeping the factory of today running! A shortage of engineering skills at all levels is a real and present problem for the industry and predictions are that with a significant proportion of the engineering workforce approaching retirement age and demand set to soar as automation increases, this skills shortage will only get worse.
That is unless we address the issue systematically and together.
This summit sets out a strategy for how we, as an industry, can have a real impact – from recruitment activity to training that can deliver the food and drink engineers of the future in a faster and better way. The summit will set out to provide both a vision for the future and practical ways in which food companies can develop the skills they need, by introducing new apprenticeship standards in food and drink engineering, maintenance and advanced engineering.
Meet providers currently delivering this training, discover new progression routes and meet the employers who are leading the design and implementation of these new standards.
All of this in the Year of Engineering 2018.
The event, chaired by John Griffiths (Engineering Director at Princes Foods and chair of the FDEM Trailblazer group), will give you an exclusive chance to hear from a number of speakers, including businesses and learners who have already started the new apprenticeship – plus you’ll also have the opportunity to ask your burning questions to those who have helped shape and inform its development.
This will also be a great opportunity to network with industry approved providers who are already delivering the FDEM Standard – and find out how they can help develop the skills within your own business.
Those who will benefit most from attending this summit include engineers at sites, group level and those supporting them.