Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
We’re pleased to launch the 2017 edition of our flagship schools competition for young engineers, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge. The TDI Challenge is a brilliant opportunity to shine a light on some of the great work students are doing across the country. It is also a chance to turn some of Britain’s best young engineers on to careers in manufacturing.
For all the details about 2017’s event and the improvements we’ve made to the competition please see the story below. If you would like to get involved and support the TDI Challenge please contact the MTA’s Education and Development Co-ordinator Laura Pickering on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying on the subject of Education and Development, an Industrial Engineering student from Odense University in Denmark, currently studying at Iowa State University in the US, is looking for a 20 week internship in the UK from February 2017. Again get in touch with Laura on email@example.com.
At the MTA we have always promoted opportunities to tackle business in countries where for one reason or another it may not be straightforward. However, we’re keen to understand more about the nature and scope of some of the issues that members experience in relation to the export control regime in order to help us design and resource support appropriately. For that reason we would like to hear from members in relation to some of the contentious areas that they deal with in export control, see the story below for more details.
The Department for International Trade a running a free series of webinars to encourage businesses to take steps into export markets. Please see the story below to see the schedule and for information on how to take part.
On 10th March 2017, Cranfield University launch the Manufacturing Directors' Programme, a flagship course for senior managers and directors who have direct responsibility or influence over manufacturing strategy and business performance.
The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have announced a pioneering new degree-level apprenticeship programme to help plug a vital engineering skills gap in industry and provide an alternative route into higher education for young people. This is the first cross-city University collaboration in engineering and will use the strengths of both universities to extend the engineering apprenticeship offer in the city in line with industry needs.
We will be closing the October edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week, but there is still time to submit your return; the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-oct16 is still open if you have not yet replied - we hope you will be able to take part and look forward to receiving your return.
The manufacturing output numbers for the 3rd quarter from the ONS showed a small fall, both for the sector as a whole and for the two most important industries for MTA members in Automotive and Aerospace. However, for both of these industries, the level of output in this period was the second highest on record, exceeded only by the levels that were reached in the 2nd quarter of this year, so it is far too early to reach for the panic button - indeed, there are some slightly odd monthly trends behind both of these movements which complicate the monitoring of the real trends. The latest report from the Bank of England’s Agents (which is more timely than the hard data on output from the ONS) suggests that manufacturing output may be increasing slightly, which to some extent confirms the monthly trend in the ONS data, but is a little more pessimistic about investment intentions in the light of the current uncertainty.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.Only enter text, no images or links