25th March 2011, 12:30pm
Prospects hotter than ever in Engineering sector
EngineeringTeam Engineering and manufacturing firms from the region were able to find out how their businesses could benefit from the University’s School of Engineering at a recent event sponsored by HotProspects.

Hot Prospects provide grant funding to support graduate recruitment to local SMEs

The School of Engineering team talked to the employers - representing many of the region’s SMEs  - about the importance of higher level skills in the engineering sector, while many of the regional support providers were able to highlight a number of grants and funded business support opportunities available.

A range of speakers included Professor Paul Stewart, the founding Head of the School; Angela Borman, collaborative projects officer for Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery; Jim Brown, Chief Engineer of Project Angelic Bulldog - a world motorcycle land speed record attempt.

Professor Stewart said: “The event has been really successful. It has helped us to forge stronger training and research links with local small businesses.”

Project Manager for HotProspects, Laura Clark, said: “When we heard the University of Lincoln would be opening the first purpose-built engineering school in the UK for more than 20 years we knew this was something we were keen to get involved with. We started to think how we could best support the new School and an event that bought everyone together - the University, local support providers and SMEs - seemed the ideal solution.”

Local employer, Ben Senior, of Amari Plastics said: “It is really important to us to keep up to date on what’s going on locally in the industry, particularly the launch of the School of Engineering. The speakers were fantastic and I’ve come away having made some really good contacts which will help to take my business forward.”

Jim Madden, of Hazid Technologies, added: “It was a very interesting event and I look forward to talking about recruiting graduates into Hazid soon.”

While the School is already up and running in terms of teaching (the team is currently based at the Think Tank and delivering sessions to the first year of Engineering undergraduates there, in Siemens’ workshops and in workshops at Lincoln College) the new, state-of–the-art  building is due to open later this year. Plans are already being made to host a similar event once the building opens and it is hoped that even more of the region’s engineering sector businesses will attend.
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