Innovation Policy & Practice – Developing Innovation Talent for 21st Century Manufacturing & Engineering

11 January 2023


About this event:

Our latest Innovation Policy and Practice event will bring together regional and national stakeholders tackling the challenge of ensuring we encourage a pipeline of fresh talent into the West Midlands manufacturing and engineering sector.

The sector faces a huge challenges of an ageing workforce and the perception that working within this sector is outdated. Yet with great strides being made in the adoption and development of digital and emerging technologies, the sector can bring new and exciting opportunities for the next generation.

This event is part of a conversation on regional needs, levers of influence and models of best practice, to investigate how, as a collective, we might re-invigorate the perception of the sector and create pathways that both excite and entice young people to be the manufacturing and engineering workforce of the future.


Chair – Terri Holtom, Make UK

Fiona McGarry, MakeUK

Harry Paige, Digital Innovators

Jackie Padmore, West Midlands Combined Authority


09:00 Refreshments & Networking

09:30 Welcome & Introductions

09:40 Short presentations from speakers on activity (Make UK / WMCA / Digital Innovators)

10:10 Panel & audience discussion on tools in our box and how we might use them as a collective to maximise impact

10:50 Summary

11:00 Close and opportunity for further networking (refreshments available)