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Friday Brief

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief

The restart of the economy is beginning to gather pace. Monday saw the publication of back-to-work guidance and Tuesday the announcement of the next phase of the Job Retention, or Furlough, scheme.

Of course, many manufacturers have been working throughout the crisis, as they have been able to, but the new guidance will inevitably accelerate the trend towards people working in their normal environments – while observing social distancing. Its important to note that the guidance remains that people who can work from home should do so; but the tone and emphasis have changed. Compiling a Risk Assessment is a big part of returning to work and advice from the Health and Safety Executive is available here. Your membership of the MTA includes access to HR and Business Support through our partner Croner. You can call them on 0844 561 8133, quoting our reference number 85655, for expert guidance and pragmatic advice.

The Furlough scheme has been an undoubted success up to now, with 7.5m people taking advantage of it. But the cost of the scheme and the necessity to restart the economy mean that it cannot continue indefinitely. There will be no changes until the end of July, but that after that an element of employer contribution will be introduced and, importantly there will be some an ability for people to work part time. Crucially the Chancellor did not say at what level he expects businesses to make up the Furlough payments. Getting clarity on this will be important to businesses so that they can plan sensibly for the second half of the year. The addition of a part-time working element to the scheme is something that the MTA has been asking for since the scheme was first announced and is very welcome but in order to be of most use it needs to be enacted flexibly.

During the COVID -19 crisis many organisations have stepped in and provided help where it has been needed. MTA Associate members University of Wolverhampton Racing have been making face shields and sanitiser and their professional Driver, Shane Kelly has swapped the cockpit of his car for the cab of van to deliver them. You can read more below. We can only hope that driving a transit has helped Shane keep his reflexes up because he’ll be in virtual action over the next few weekends in the UK Sim F3 Challenge, which will be streamed; you can find out how to follow the online action below.

CECIMO is hosting a webinar next week to aimed at improving the production process with the implementation of current and future IoT technologies. The webinar will also tackle the challenges that companies face when adopting the most appropriate IoT technologies for their needs. Full details below.

Thats all for this week, have a good weekend.

University of Wolverhampton Racing Online

University of Wolverhampton Racing Online

UWR will participate in the simulated F3 CUP – and you can watch it live online

While we wait for any news of the racing season resuming, UWR will be participating in the UK Sim F3 Challenge during May and June 2020.

This simulated F3 racing competition features more than 30 drivers, meaning a jam-packed grid, across 6 rounds of driving at virtual versions of some of the most iconic circuits in the UK.

Latest Developments in IoT - CECIMO

Latest Developments in IoT - CECIMO

CECIMO is organizing a webinar on “Latest developments on the use of IoT technologies in manufacturing production” on 19 May at 11.00 am (CET).

The purpose of this webinar is to improve the production process with the implementation of current and future IoT technologies. The webinar will also tackle the challenges that companies face when adopting the most appropriate IoT technologies for their needs.

PPE Appeal - Warwickshire Manufacturing Alliance

PPE Appeal - Warwickshire Manufacturing Alliance

The Warwickshire Manufacturing Alliance is seeking to engage with organisations who are either existing manufacturers and suppliers of medical grade PPE or organisations that have the potential to diversify and manufacture medical grade PPE (with advice and guidance if required to achieve specification). The form to fill out to offer your company's help is here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXvBBzeuyx7V2ry-GTBarFZvNkYYtgaIjEdIff1frA0ugKDA/viewform

University of Wolverhampton’s COVID-19 Fundraising Appeal raises £7,000!

University of Wolverhampton’s COVID-19 Fundraising Appeal raises £7,000!

Thank you to everyone who has supported The University of Wolverhampton’s COVID-19 Appeal by making a donation or promoting the campaign through your own networks. There’s still time to support the appeal at www.wlv.ac.uk/COVIDappeal

The appeal has received over £7,000 in generous donations to help manufacture face-shields and sanitiser, which they’re making and sending to front-line care workers across the region.