These coincide with a report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which reveals that automotive manufacturing in Britain is expected to grow by as much as 9% per year and, by 2016, will be producing 2.2 million vehicles.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt commented on the report, saying: “With robust global markets and a diverse mix of models produced here, we are more resilient than other countries to eurozone weakness, a key factor in encouraging businesses to invest in the UK.”
This expansion will see manufacturers adding to their operations and staff numbers, as well as finding ways of increasing efficiency and output. This is evidenced by Jaguar Land Rover's recent £370million investment into its manufacturing facilities that will see production go 24/7.
There is a risk, however, that the industry could be left with a skills shortage without the right levels of investment in training and education, which is where The Manufacturing Institute has the capacity to help.
In November, the charity's Diploma in Manufacturing and Certificate in Manufacturing Management courses begin; while, this month, the organisation is running a Shingo Principles of Operational Excellence workshop at Aero Engine Controls (Birmingham)
At the end of October, The Manufacturing Institute's popular Lean Immersion Days will take place at Jaguar Land Rover. The visit will offer delegates a chance to gain insight into the best-in-class lean strategy manufacturing processes adopted by the automotive giant.
"This is an exciting time for the automotive manufacturing industry, with new jobs and opportunities being created," Chief Executive Officer at The Manufacturing Institute, Julie Madigan, said. "Our training and education services will help manufacturers to improve their lean strategy and manufacturing strategy, as well as providing individuals with the skills and experience to enhance the processes that are used to achieve success."
For more information about training and education services offered by The Manufacturing Institute, visit courses (http://www.manufacturinginstitute.co.uk/