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Productivity upskilling: Growing your Lancashire manufacturing SME through workforce skills

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EnginE - supporting your manufacturing SME

This is a historic programme that was funded by ERDF between 2014 and 2020. For further information about other business development opportunities please get in touch with us.

EnginE works with Lancashire manufacturing SMEs to try and help address some of the workforce challenges that they may have. Training and development can be hard to afford and could lead to issues of retaining great staff and recruiting new people.

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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EnginE - Supporting your manufacturing SME

The EnginE project works with SME businesses to help them address any workforce challenges they may have - using masterclasses, taster modules and internships and more.

Access funded masterclasses and taster modules

EnginE internships

EnginE funded internships are a great way for Lancashire Manufacturing SMEs to try out new high-level skills within their businesses. The EnginE project has access to pools of undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates who can bring bright ideas, new skills and fresh talent into your business.

Find out more about funded EnginE internships


A Workforce Tune-Up - Just What SME Manufacturers Need

Productivity primes profit. The perfect formula.

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.

EnginE - A workforce tune up

EnginE - Forsberg Services - Masterclass Testimonial

Find out how the improving Productivity through Process Improvement masterclasses benefited Forsberg Services.

EnginE - Optimum Coatings - Masterclass Testimonial

Find out how the improving Productivity through Process Improvement masterclasses benefited Optimum Coatings.

EnginE - BCW Manufacturing Group - Masterclass Testimonial

Find out how the improving Productivity through Process Improvement masterclasses benefited BCW Manufacturing Group.

EnginE - Connect 2 Cleanrooms - Masterclass Testimonial

Find out how the Recruitment and Retention masterclasses benefited Connect 2 Cleanrooms.

"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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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 equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
  • Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years

Project Partners

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Lancaster University

Find out about our EnginE internship scheme for manufacturing and engineering SMEs.

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Blackpool & Fylde College

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.

Find out about our higher level skills and degree apprenticeships Blackpool & Fylde College


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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.

Find out more about Northern Automotive Alliance