Skilled staff crucial for 'Factory of the Future'

Skilled staff crucial for 'Factory of the Future'

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017

News Skilled staff crucial for 'Factory of the Future'

Skilled staff will be as important to the factory of the future as cutting-edge technology, leading manufacturing expert Ken Young has said.

Young, technology director at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), was speaking ahead of next week’s Insider East Midlands Future of Manufacturing Breakfast, where he’ll outline his vision of the production line in 2027.

"The only way to survive as a manufacturer will be to be the best at everything you do," said Young. "That’s about using anything that helps you get an edge; digital technology will do that, and so too will skilled staff."

Young said the factory of 2027 won’t be that different to the best factories of today, with a big focus on "analysing data from your production process and using it to optimise operations".

He added: "It’ll also be about having the highest calibre people, so one of the key things will be attracting the best talent.  Working in a factory will no longer be something you do if you can’t do anything else."

Young will be joined by other leading figures in manufacturing and skills training at the event on 29 June 2017, which takes place at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.

They include Paula Cresswell, Birmingham Metropolitan College’s business development director for manufacturing and its apprenticeship lead at Caterpillar Skills Academy; Neil Hopkinson, director of 3D printing at Xaar and Alistair Ball, director of product delivery at Intelligent Energy.

For more details or to register call Helen Rendle on 0161 907 9701 or email helen.rendle@newsco.com


The MTC is an unparalleled environment for a young engineer wishing to break into the industry. The work that we are doing here today will shape the manufacturing industry for years to come. To be part of that is not only exciting but a real privilege.
Dr Clive Hickman
Chief Executive, MTC