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Why the UK's EEF National Manufacturing Conference has global significance

January 25, 2018

Workforce Issues Set to Dominate Discussion

Infor will once again be a sponsor of the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in the UK, February 20. The National Manufacturing Conference is the premier UK event in the industry calendar, bringing together industry leaders, politicians and thought leaders to deliver unparalleled industry insight and analysis.

This conference has worldwide importance, beyond the UK manufacturing industry. A global perspective influences all manufacturers, as networked supply chains and e-commerce bring the issues of many nations together into a collective surge of positive growth. In this digital era, one nation's solutions also benefit counterparts continents away. In other words, we can all learn from the EEF conference.

As part of its fourth consecutive sponsorship, Infor will host a dedicated workshop on supporting and sustain a modern workforce. Chaired by Tim Thomas, Director of skills and employment, EEF, this session will demonstrate practical steps employers can take to future proof their workforce throughout and after Brexit. This will cover immigration status, upskilling and training as well as investing in digital manufacturing technologies and automation.

The skills gap issue is a top concern of manufacturers globally. Infor will bring to the workshop insights on ways technology can help organizations recruit and retain workers. Demonstrating the role of behavioral analytics and talent development, Infor will explain how manufacturers--and their workers-- can adapt to rapid change and evolving skill demands.

Cormac Watters, executive vice-president and general manager, Europe, Infor said: “Infor has a proud history of working with the EEF, reflecting our commitment to the varied industries within manufacturing. This partnership has never been more pressing as the economic impact of Brexit and the disruption of digital technologies and the fourth Industrial Revolution, are brought to bear on UK manufacturers. Workforce and staffing issues, be it recruitment, retention, learning or development will be profoundly impacted by these changes and we look forward to a day of insightful debate and thought leadership.”

Speaking about the session, EEF’s Tim Thomas said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Infor, for what will be a business-focused workshop looking into the complexities that Brexit will present to professionals charged with planning, retaining and training their workforces of the future. The unique challenges faced by the UK’s impending EU exit will call for creative and innovative approaches by employers, who will need to be nimble and smart if they are to survive and thrive in the post-Brexit world.

If manufacturers in the UK can take a leadership role in solving modern workforce issues, a best practice model can be created. This is something manufacturers worldwide can use as they take advantage of new growth opportunities.
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