Businesses across east Lancashire are invited to a pioneering event to highlight the future challenges faced by the advanced manufacturing industry in the area.
Nelson and Colne College and the University of Cumbria are collaborating to bring Professor Lin Li, director of the Laser Processing Research Centre at the University of Manchester, to a special evening aimed at offering an exclusive insight into the development of the sector.
A recipient of the Arthur Charles Main Award from the institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Wolfson Research Merit from the Royal Society and the Sir Frank Whittle Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Li’s visit comes at a time when interest in developing new manufacturing techniques and the recruitment of skilled staff has never been greater.
“It is widely acknowledged that we are now experiencing another ‘industrial revolution’ driven by technologies such as 3D printing, lasers, artificial intelligence and new materials such as graphene,” Professor Li said. “Using and understanding these will be critical to any business wanting to maintain their market share in an innovative, challenging marketplace.”
The free event on July 12 at Nelson and Colne College will also highlight courses aimed at the sector provided by both the college and university including under graduate qualifications in engineering and a masters in industrial leadership.
“We are delighted to be presenting this prestigious lecture with our partners at Nelson and Colne College,” Prof Andy Gale, director of industrial strategy at the University of Cumbria said. “Professor Li is an eminent expert in advanced manufacturing and will be offering key insights into the innovative future of the sector. Alongside this, we will be consulting on the development of our masters-level industrial and engineering leadership curriculum, which will offer new opportunities for those seeking to extend their skills within the engineering, advanced manufacturing sectors and beyond.”
Director of Higher Education at Nelson and Colne College Dr Steve Wright added: “Manufacturing is a key industry in Lancashire, with our employee base being considerably higher than the national average. It is so important for us to continue developing new talent, and upskilling current members of staff, to ensure our county remains a leader for this continually evolving and pioneering sector. Nelson and Colne College and the University of Cumbria are delighted to be working together to provide flexible HNC, HND, BEng and Masters’ programmes to support growth in East Lancashire.”