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Manufacturing business likely to stay loyal to older generations

Manufacturing business likely to stay loyal to older generations
Almost three quarters of business owners in the manufacturing sector would choose to recruit an older worker than a younger candidate with exactly the same skills and experience, according to new research. In a national survey, more than a third (36%) of 1,000 SME business owners across a range of sectors including finance, healthcare, IT, manufacturing, retail and tourism said that they would sooner recruit a 55-year-old than a 24-year-old, with 72% of business owners in the manufacturing sector saying the same.
15th November 2019

Focusing on nation’s health and wellbeing inspires next-gen engineers

Focusing on nation’s health and wellbeing inspires next-gen engineers
Engineers are key to helping the nation keep healthy and well - from helping find cures for cancer and keeping people safe at sea to helping dementia patients. Today marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week - this year it shines the light on engineers that make the world a better place.  
5th November 2019

Global business makes significant investment

J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) brought Fat Media on board last year to carry out an extensive re-design of their online presence, which included several months of testing and research to help inform the design of the new website and how mechanisms could be developed for online lead generation. 
25th October 2019


Engineering that creates a legacy for future generations

Engineering that creates a legacy for future generations
Having shown an aptitude for maths all her life, it was a natural fit for Sophie Harker, Senior Engineer in Flight Control Systems at BAE Systems, to take the STEM path in life, but it was a little trip to the US that proved the defining moment in her journey. Electronic Specifier’s Anna Flockett caught up with Harker after she was named as the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.
11th October 2019

Engineering firm Gilkes invest in online overhaul to boost sales

Engineering firm Gilkes invest in online overhaul to boost sales
International engineering firm Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon has invested in a major overhaul of their online platform as part of plans to drive growth. The firm has been working with digital marketing firm Fat Media to re-design their site, and launched a new online platform which has seen enquires up by 72%.
9th October 2019

Is engineering the most poorly understood STEM career?

Is engineering the most poorly understood STEM career?
Engineering could be one of the most poorly understood STEM careers, with new research from EngineeringUK showing that over three quarters (76%) of young people aged 11 – 19 do not know a lot about what those working in engineering do – and this could have far-reaching implications for all of us.
16th September 2019

Thousands to take part in Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly

Thousands to take part in Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly
A drive to showcase how engineers help people’s health and wellbeing is underway as plans for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019 (4-8th November 2019, #TEWeek19) have been revealed. At the heart of the Week will be a “Big Assembly” where around 50,000 young people are expected to take part in the same school assembly at the same time. The Big Assembly will feature inspirational engineers on a mission to improve people’s health and the nation’s wellbeing.
12th September 2019

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results
Here at Electronic Specifier we are always keen to champion female engineers and to highlight the growing skills gap in STEM related subjects, made worse by the significant gender disparity in technology, science and maths.
23rd August 2019

What does a successful woman look like?

What does a successful woman look like?
For years now women have had big battles to fight when it comes to equality, and have in more recent times have really been showing that everything men can do, women can too. We discuss regularly in this column, about the struggles women face in the engineering and technology industry, and it is nice to see so many events and organisations doing their bit for women.
21st August 2019

The future of driving digital transformation

The future of driving digital transformation
At the recent Unbound festival there was a panel discussion on digital transformation encompassing the digitalisation of business processes, assets and products. As with the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, high UX standards and increasing security threats, businesses need to be agile and embrace digital transformation. Moderator Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at The Economist started by asking the panel experts: “When we think about digital transformation do we think failure or success?”
14th August 2019

Why are women leaving technology jobs?

Why are women leaving technology jobs?
Did you know that 25 years ago 37% of computer science degrees were held by women, but figures have shown that in 2018 that figure has dropped to just 19%? For women who do break into the tech sector, the retention rate is not very promising, with the quit rate more than twice as high for women as it is for men. Why is that, and what exactly is attributing to these decisions to completely leave technology?
14th August 2019

How important is diversity in engineering?

How important is diversity in engineering?
As we recently celebrated International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) an important message was spread throughout the industry and beyond, but this year WES (The Women’s Engineering Society) also took it upon themselves to highlight other diversity issues the industry falls foul to. WES and She Can Engineer, hosted a panel talk titled: ‘How diversity will transform the future’ that was hosted by Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni, Senior Consultant at WSP.
29th July 2019

We need to get rid of the bad stigma around apprenticeships

We need to get rid of the bad stigma around apprenticeships
As this year’s International Women in Engineering Day took a focus on apprenticeships, there was no surprise that Perdi Williams, Assistant Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) was announced as one of WES’s (Women Engineering Society) Top 50 Women in Engineering. When I spoke to Williams and congratulated her, her response was: “It is a bit overwhelming, but so very exciting, I keep thinking did you get this right?”
22nd July 2019

INWED and the importance of apprenticeships

INWED and the importance of apprenticeships
The 23rd of June marked International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), and this year the celebrations were in full swing. This international awareness campaign aims to raise the profile of women in engineering, while focusing on the amazing career opportunities that are available to girls within the industry. This annual event celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers all across the world.
22nd July 2019

New dawn: The evolution of the UK industrial and logistics sector

According to the Industrial and Logistics Market 2019 report by Lambert Smith Hampton, 2018 was a record year for industrial and logistics investment volume with £8.4bn of assets changed hands, driving the sector to outperform the rest of the commercial real estate market.
11th July 2019

Celebrating Women in Engineering for INWED

Celebrating Women in Engineering for INWED
As we celebrated International Women in Engineering day earlier this month, She Can Engineer, a group of young female engineers, organised an evening of talks and panel discussions, in association with WES (Women’s Engineering Society), to celebrate not only women, but also diversity in the industry.
1st July 2019

International Women in Engineering Day – the women have their say

International Women in Engineering Day – the women have their say
This year, 23rd June marks the sixth anniversary of International Women in Engineering Day, and 100 years of the Women’s Engineering Society. There’s no hiding from the fact that STEM careers can be a male-dominated world, and with only 15% of engineering graduates being female, it appears there’s still a lot more that can be done to encourage women into STEM. 
24th June 2019

British manufacturer celebrates INWED

British manufacturer celebrates INWED
The world’s only manufacturer of vinyl playing jukeboxes is celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on June 23 with the announcement of two females to its senior management team. In contrast to the predominately male industry in which it operates, Sound Leisure is keen to encourage further female personnel to its team of innovative manufactures and senior leaders to help drive the company forward.
20th June 2019

MPW Series expands the MobilePower product offering

MPW Series expands the MobilePower product offering
ElectroCraft has expanded its MobilePower traction system offer with the MPW52 and MPW86. The MobilePower Wheel-Drive (MPW) features a high torque-density brushless DC motor with an integrated single-stage planetary gearbox and wheel drive assembly. 
18th June 2019

It could take almost 200 years for gender equality in construction

It could take almost 200 years for gender equality in construction
GMB, the construction union, has revealed it will take nearly 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry. The analysis, revealed at GMB’s annual Congress in Brighton today, shows at the current rate of growth, the number of women in construction will equal men by the year 2194.
17th June 2019


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