July has been a huge month in the world of manufacturing and engineering. There have been too many positive news stories about the industry to fit in our roundup so we’ve summarised all of the positive UK manufacturing stories from July in our blog post.
In other news though, details have been announced for the HS2 project, including the key contractors, and investments are being made in university engineering departments to help meet the current skills shortage. £30k is also being offered to projects that engage the public with engineering.
Optimism in the industry continues to soar as the number of vacancies in manufacturing increased by 24%, and the North East manufacturing sector grows quicker than any other region.
We hope you enjoy July’s industry roundup.
High-Speed Rail 2 Project Details Announced
This month the government announced details of the Phase One contracts for the High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project.
Phase One of the project has been divided into two stages. The first part is already underway with the design and construction preparation. The second stage of Phase One is expected to begin in 2019 and will see the main body of construction work take place.
Amidst this news is an announcement that the work extending the line from the West Midlands to the West Coast Main Line south of Crewe should be completed by 2027, which is six years earlier than previously planned.
The HS2 project is expected to carry about 300,000 passengers a day to help relieve pressures on the local rail services.
£1m Invested in University Engineering Department
A North-East university has invested £1m into its School of Engineering in order to help meet the current shortage of engineers.
The University of Sunderland’s Engineering department is expected to produce more graduates with high-level skills due to the additional capacity and improved teaching spaces that the investment will bring.
The new developments include a range of new labs which are expected to provide a real-life environment to the students, making them more employable once they graduate.
Dr Rebecca Chandy, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing has said: ‘We want to be a stepping stone for students pursuing a career in engineering, giving them a great experience on campus, raising their aspirations and helping them move forward to the next stage, whether that is through placement opportunities or supporting business to solve real-world problems.’
UK Manufacturing Witnesses Jump in Vacancies
A Q2 report from an independent job board has found that there has been a 24% increase in jobs being advertised in the manufacturing sector compared to 2016, which was higher than any other sector.
The stats also show that salaries have grown at a steady rate, despite applications for manufacturing jobs falling by 2.1% compared to Q2 2016.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library has said, ‘It’s clear that organisations within the manufacturing sector are feeling confident and it’s great to see such as a high year-on-year jump in job vacancies. This is particularly positive in the manufacturing industry, as it was predicted to be one of the sectors most affected post-Brexit.’
The Manufacturing Sector in the North-East is Growing Faster than Any Other Region
The North East’s manufacturing sector is enjoying a resurgence with new firms launching at a faster rate than anywhere in the UK.
The annual Regional Manufacturing Outlook report has shown that there has been a significant turnaround in the North-East manufacturing sector, with the number of manufacturing companies increasing by 3.9%. This was the fastest growth in enterprises in any region.
Most of the positive news and growth has come from a pick up in the mechanical equipment and metal industries. This news coincides with reports that UK manufacturing order books were at the highest they’d been for over 30 years, suggesting that the UK manufacturing industry is currently thriving.
£30K Offered to Projects that Engage Public with Engineering
The aim to help close the current skills shortage in engineering and to help meet the Government’s aim to create an additional 1.8 million engineers by 2020.
The public engagement scheme is offering grants for creative and imaginative ideas that will connect with ‘diverse and under-served audiences’.
According to the Health Estate Journal, since 2007 the programme has funded over 200 projects which have successfully reached over 2.5 million members of the public.
Applications for the scheme closes at 4pm on the 18th September 2017.
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