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Can apprenticeships solve the manufacturing skills gap?

It’s no secret that the manufacturing industry is experiencing a skills shortage. With demand growing and manufacturing being seen as a key industry for the UK following Brexit, one way that manufacturers can bridge this skills gap is by utilising their Apprenticeship Levy.

FANUC UK is one of the many UK manufacturers that welcomes apprentices to its Coventry facility. Working closely with its neighbours, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), FANUC has recently welcomed two of MTC’s ‘gold standard’ apprentices, Oscar Pickerill, 20, and Ben Farmer, 17. Here, they explain why they made the decision to seek a careerx in manufacturing.

Dispelling the myths

Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics, dispels some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.
Machine automation could be compared to the human body. Our eyes are the sensors that monitor operations. Our hands are the actuation to manoeuvre things around us. Finally, our brains are the process control, providing intelligence and managing processes. Traditionally, machines in industrial environments could only provide actuation, but not anymore.

The best black finish from the world leader

Room temperature blacking of iron, steel and stainless steel.

Blackfast’s room temperature blacking process is both safe, easy and convenient to use. The process has been developed for safe and reliable use in metal working facilities, so it is no longer necessary for parts to leave the production site for finishing by an outside contractor.

Space and Capacity

A new 4,000 sq m plant has been built on a 25,000 sq m site in the German town of Hettenleidelheim by Blum GmbH, a company that specialises in sheet metal working and switch cabinet manufacture.

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