The document, linked below, identifies in its conclusions the key challenges:
“A number of key areas for action have been identified which are drawn from the research findings, and together, aim to address the immediate challenges for the manufacturing sector.
1. We want to raise the profile of the sector, promote the value of the adoption of new technologies and encourage collaboration through the establishment of a Manufacturing Leadership Network.
2. Measures will be put in place to increase the attractiveness of manufacturing to the future workforce through the launch of an industry-backed manufacturers engagement in schools pilot which can be rolled out across Greater Manchester.
3. We want to work with manufacturers to establish a network of skills training locations that will provide skills providers with ready access to the latest technologies.
4. Manufacturing businesses are increasingly seeking much more focused advice from the business support services. The Business Growth Hub is therefore taking steps to create a more tailored business support offer. This will include reaching out to more of the sector to promote the range of business investment funding options that are currently available.
5. Finally, recent data suggest that GM manufacturing is underperforming in relation to its export activity. This will be interrogated alongside supply chain intelligence to better understand where our support services need to focus attention to address this issue.”