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Productivity upskilling: Growing your Lancashire manufacturing SME through workforce skills

Are these your business challenges?

  • Affordabiy reskilling your staff is a challenge?
  • Ageing workforce and no succession plans in place?
  • Difficulties in retaining or attracting the right staff?
  • Little or no staff time to plan workforce development?

How can EnginE help?

  • Support to develop your tailored workforce skills plan
  • Expert advice and support tailored to the needs of your business
  • Regular reviews to keep your development on track
  • Access to funded masterclasses and taster modules
  • Funded internships to bring new ideas, skills and fresh talent into your business

Supported by Boost Business Lancashire

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A Workforce Tune-Up - Just What SME Manufacturers Need


SME businesses in the manufacturing sector rely on their agility to be at the forefront of innovation. Productivity is the leverage for growth and success.

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"EnginE has dedicated support, tailored to AEM SME's. Let us work with you to address profitability and productivity challenges through effective workforce development" Annette Suddes, EnginE Project Manager

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Lancaster University 

‌The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018, with TEF gold standard teaching and internationally significant research. 

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Blackpool & Fylde Collge 

Blackpool and The Fylde College is a further and higher education college in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Facilities include four main campuses located across the Fylde Coast, all of which have recently undergone or are currently undergoing major redevelopment.

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Blackburn College

Blackburn College is a further and higher education college in Blackburn, North West England.

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Northern Automotive Alliance

The NAA is an independent, not-for-profit company which provides a membership service combined with a project management delivery function to the automotive community. The NAA supports micro-companies through to the local global vehicle manufacturers, offering a diverse service using its established networks. This includes the provision of training, events, funding applications and strategic, business and technical advice.

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Funding & eligibility

Access to events, workshops, and skills assessment is fully funded, and available to European Social Fund (ESF) eligible businesses within the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors

Eligibility includes:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Has an annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Has received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 year