07 LAUNCHES APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME
BOC is re-focussing and re-launching its apprenticeship programme to help meet a continuing need for technically-skilled staff and to help young people develop the practical skills needed for engineering applications in UK industry. Some 60 posts will be offered in the first five years of this rolling programme beginning in 2012.
Mike Huggon, MD of BOC UK & Ireland, said: “As a major supplier to virtually every sector of the UK economy, we depend on highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians to produce and deliver our products and services. That is why we are making a significant investment in our apprenticeship programme.”
BAN BAD DRIVING TO SAVE FUEL
Manufacturing businesses facing spiralling fuel prices and shrinking budgets could be wasting thousands of pounds on fuel inefficiency caused by bad driving, according to leading fuel card reseller The Fuelcard Company.
Exceeding speed limits, driving in the wrong gear and braking too hard can increase fuel consumption by 40% and with the cost diesel reaching 139.42 pence per litre, it can be extremely costly for businesses with large vehicle fleets.
Jakes de Kock, Sales and Marketing Director at The Fuelcard Company, is urging those working within manufacturing to address their fuel inefficiency now.
Aggressive driving such as braking too hard, accelerating too quickly and exceeding speed limits can actually increase fuel consumption, so it’s worth investing in fuel efficient driving training. Simply slowing down a little and changing gears more slowly will not only reduce fuel usage but is also much safer.”
Dirty oil, clogged sparkplugs and under-inflated tyres can also increase fuel consumption, so ensure fleets are serviced regularly.
TOYOTA STRENGTHENS COMMITMENT TO UK MANUFACTURING
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EAL WELCOMES APPRENTICESHIP INCENTIVE
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announcement of £25 million to generate 20,000 new Apprenticeships has been welcomed by EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications.
EAL, which supports industry Apprenticeship programmes in engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors throughout the UK, is already working to break down the barriers facing companies and help young people benefit from an Apprenticeship.
Ann Watson, Managing Director at EAL, said: “With youth unemployment breaking 1 million, the need to boost and protect the Apprenticeship badge has never been greater. The measures outlined by BIS will hopefully provide a valuable incentive for employers to take on an apprentice and give them the skills, training and experience required to work within industry.
The recent rise in engineering and manufacturing Apprenticeships pales in comparison to Apprenticeships in business, administration and law.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Toyota’s further investment in British jobs and manufacturing following the announcement that Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire is to be the sole European manufacturing centre for new generation C-segment hatchbacks – including hybrid, petrol, and diesel models.
Didier Leroy, Toyota Motor Europe President and CEO, said: “Toyota has a long and successful record of building vehicles and engines in the UK and this investment we are making will secure a dynamic future for TMUK as a leading manufacturing centre for our core models in Europe.
Tony Walker, TMUK Deputy Managing Director, said: “This is great news for Burnaston and Deeside. It will safeguard our current employment levels and create up to 1,500 additional jobs in the next two years.”
Toyota will invest around £100 million in tooling and equipment at the Burnaston vehicle plant. This will take Toyota’s total investment in its UK manufacturing business to more than £2.1 billion since it was established as the company’s first European production centre in 1989. In addition, a further £85 million will be invested in the UK supply chain.
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