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Friday Brief

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

It has been another busy week here at the MTA and we’re pleased to report we had a fantastic event yesterday at the Nissan plant in Sunderland. The MTA teamed up with the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) to deliver a one-day masterclass focusing on the supply chain and automation within the UK automotive sector. With lively discussions on the benefits of automation, around 100 technology providers and users attended the event. More details on topics discussed can be found below.

The MTA have been awarded the Mark of Excellence at the Association Excellence Awards for their work on MACH 2016. The awards took place in London on Friday 31st March 2017 and celebrated excellence in professional and trade associations. MACH 2016 was entered into the Association Excellence Awards in the category of Best Large Association Event attended by over 1,500 people and just missed the top prize.

The EEF hosted a webinar for MTA members, aimed at ensuring employer readiness for the Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017. If you missed the webinar it is now available to view online here.

If your organisation has more than 250 staff, from 6 April you will be required to publish information and an explanation on the extent of your gender pay gap.  Thinking about what you will do to decrease the gender pay gap will support your organisation’s productivity levels, where everyone’s skills and talents can be maximised. More details can be found within the Brief.

Eighteen-year-old Leigh Worsdale became the first female apprentice to win the Apprentice of the Year’ award supported by Boeing at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards held at the University of Sheffield (30 March).

MTA CEO James Selka presented Cosmin Dragan, an apprentice plastic fabricator from Rotherham Industrial Plastics (Ripco) with a Special Recognition award, sponsored by the MTA, for his incredible work ethic. (https://twitter.com/MTA_Education/status/847571603823218688)

Laura Pickering, who sat on the judging panel for the awards said “The standard amongst all apprentices shortlisted to present to the judges was incredibly high, and we would like to congratulate everyone who won awards on the evening.  All the apprentices are an inspiration to the future generation of engineers that our country needs, and it’s fantastic that Leigh Worsdale won the main Apprentice of the Year award, a first for a female at the AMRC.  We hope that this will encourage more young women to consider apprenticeships within the manufacturing technologies industry”.

A reminder to members that we have two surveys running at the moment – as well as the March 2017 Business Survey (see item below), we are still collecting data for the Service Engineers Charges survey;  if you are interested in the latter and have not seen the questionnaire, please contact Geoff Noon (gnoon@mta.org.uk) for a copy.

The data form the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) surveys from around the world were generally positive this month and even where the PMI fell, it was usually above the crucial 50 level; the UK is quite a good example of this in that although it was a t a4-month low figure, the reading of 54.2 is well above the long-run average and can only be described as strong.  Data from the ONS on the UK economy confirmed the reasonable end to 2016, although the year ended up at +1.8%, slower than the +2.2% recorded in 2015 and the slowest growth since 2012.  There was less good news in the investment data that was released at the same time which although total business investment only fell by -1.5% in 2016, within that total, manufacturing investment was down by -6.6% and spending by the Engineering and Vehicles sub-sector fell by -10.3%, with both of these having an especially weak 4th quarter – it remains to be seen if these were a one-off or if they start a post-Brexit decline.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next Friday, until then have a great weekend.

Gender Pay Reporting - raising awareness

Gender Pay Reporting - raising awareness

If your organisation has more than 250 staff, from 6 April you will be required to publish information and an explanation on the extent of your gender pay gap.  Thinking about what you will do to decrease the gender pay gap will support your organisation’s productivity levels, where everyone’s skills and talents can be maximised.

Gender Pay Reporting is different from legislation around equal pay, as it looks at all employees across your organisation, rather than comparing the pay of people in the same roles.

AMRC Training Centre apprentice Leigh Worsdale wins ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award

AMRC Training Centre apprentice Leigh Worsdale wins ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award

Eighteen-year-old Leigh Worsdale became the first female apprentice to win the Apprentice of the Year’ award supported by Boeing at Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ awards held at the University of Sheffield (30 March).

As part of her award, Leigh, who works as an apprentice Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Builder for Foxwood Diesel in Chesterfield, will visit Boeing’s factory in Washington State, outside Seattle to see first-hand how the global aerospace company designs, tests and builds its 737 aircraft.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The MTA Business Survey for March was launched at the start of this week;  this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope this won’t put you off from responding.  The survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector and with recent data from other sources showing a generally positive outlook, we are keen to maximise the response to our survey to check how this is reading across to our sector.  You can access the on-line form at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-surv

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, March 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK edged down slightly again in March, but the reading of 54.2 is still strong and the somewhat negative headlines in some of the media were not really justified.  The rates at which both output and new orders are growing slowed, but are still above their long-term averages and price pressures remain high.  The slowdown in production was concentrated in consumer goods, with both intermediate and, more importantly for us, investment goods accelerating.

MTA and NEAA team-up for Automation in the Automotive Sector – Masterclass

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MTA and NEAA team-up for Automation in the Automotive Sector – Masterclass

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) teamed up with the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) to deliver a one-day masterclass focusing on the supply chain and automation within the UK automotive sector supply chains. The event took place on 6th April 2017 at Nissan Sport and Leisure in Sunderland.

MACH 2016 receives the Mark of Excellence at the Association Excellence Awards

MACH 2016 receives the Mark of Excellence at the Association Excellence Awards

The MTA have been awarded the Mark of Excellence at the Association Excellence Awards for their work on MACH 2016. The awards took place in London on Friday 31st March 2017 and celebrated excellence in professional and trade associations.

MACH 2016 was entered into the Association Excellence Awards in the category of Best Large Association Event attended by over 1,500 people and just missed the top prize.

Apprenticeship Levy Webinar

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Apprenticeship Levy Webinar

On 4 April 2017, the EEF hosted a webinar for MTA members, aimed at ensuring employer readiness for the Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017.  Companies both below and above the £3million paybill threshold for the Levy are eligible for Government funding for apprenticeship training.  The MTA encourages its members to employ apprentices to continue to bring new talent into the industry, therefore helping to address the current skills gap the industry faces.