Free webinar series addresses manufacturing challenges

A new series of free business recovery webinars is being launched by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT). These have been specifically designed to support manufacturing businesses throughout the pandemic and into the recovery period.

The first webinar in the series takes place on Wednesday 3 June at 1pm and will cover the key considerations and challenges that manufacturing businesses might face in returning to work, with an emphasis on challenges in Advanced Manufacturing.

Addressing key themes around people, production, supply chains and profitability, speakers for the webinar will include;

· Christine Tolley – Head of Human Resources, HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd

· Carl Arntzen – CEO, Worcester Bosch Group

· Neil Heslington – Managing Director, Continental Engineering Services Ltd

· Poonam Aulak – Associate Professor in Engineering, Birmingham City University

The business recovery webinars series is being produced by Birmingham City University (BCU) on behalf of GBSIoT and delivered in conjunction with the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Made in the Midlands.

Joanna Birch, Director for Innovation Enterprise and Employability at BCU and employer engagement lead for the Institute of Technology says;

“The Institute of Technology provides an integrated skills solution for manufacturers to solve skills challenges and support innovation. As manufacturers return to work we wanted to support leaders and employees in thinking about the practical implications of all the guidance available and help with some real-world insight into some of the challenges, thinking and approaches being used by our employer board”.

“As the IOT grows we are building skills support for the sector and are eager to work in partnership with Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Made in the Midlands to ensure the region’s manufacturing community are actively supported in this difficult time”.

Executive Director of Employment & Skills and IoT at Solihull College & University Centre, Rosa Wells comments: “The IoT brings the most innovative education providers within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area together with leading industry stakeholders to create a powerhouse for advanced manufacturing and engineering. We have been working closely with our partner, Birmingham City University, who have led in the development of these business recovery webinars to support the region’s manufacturing industry as it looks at how the sector can get back to work.”

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology is an engineering education organisation formed by Aston University, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Solihull College & University Centre, South and City College Birmingham, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham.

Places on the first webinar can be reserved here.

Find out more about the GBS Institute of Technology.

A poster with return to manufacturing the right way and a picture of two men in a factory