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Ayrshire Engineering Alliance update - September

Ayrshire Engineering Alliance Update

On the 9th August the AEA held a members’ meeting at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr.

The meeting was well-attended with representatives from 20 companies taking the opportunity to come along, some of them for the first time, as well as attendees from local councils, Ayrshire Chamber, Strathclyde University and SMAS.

Iain McGachie laid out the approach that the AEA will take over the next three years:

  • A consultative approach will provide a forum for two way dialogue for the engineering community in Ayrshire to come together as one voice and promote its views through the AEA board to the local Councils, Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, Government, etc with a stronger voice than is possible individually. 
  • When large scale projects present opportunities in Scotland the AEA meeting enables the groups above to consult and publicise to the Ayrshire engineering sector to identify the availability of companies with the ability to support these projects or identifying the capability gaps and how we close them in anticipation of these opportunities through the relevant local or government initiative schemes. 
  • The meetings will have a consistent theme so that the relevant personnel from your businesses can attend and gain the maximum benefit from the session through understanding and recognising the language being discussed and making the all-important connections back within your businesses.

 During the rest of the meeting there were presentations on public sector procurement – by Gillian Cameron from the Supplier Development Porgramme and Zoe Fance from South Ayrshire Council.

When asked about the main issues facing engineering business in the next 3 months and 12 months, almost all of the businesses raised the lack of the availability of skilled labour as their major concern.  The context for this was because of having strong order books and an aging workforce. So skills and training will be the main theme for the next meeting.

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Posted on Wednesday 5th September 2018