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Advanced Manufacturing

New and Old Engineering – Both need Traditional Skills

Report Segment: New and Old Engineering

If Norfolk were to be divided into an old guard of engineering companies – albeit using modern machinery and a commitment to high quality to make their mark in the industry, and a vanguard of advanced engineering, Active Technologies would be part of the advanced vanguard – providing engineering solutions to complex problems – especially in the automotive sports and low carbon energy usage sectors. Interestingly though, the actual manufacturing techniques are similar to more traditional engineering companies (see Milltech and Warren Services below). And – to reinforce the point, Active Technologies are part of the GTA which has taken on apprentices through the new employer led training programme (see below). So once again, traditional engineering skills are seen as key to the success of the sector.

Douglas Westwood, the energy business analysts make a similar point, coming from a different perspective. In the appendix to their Industry Classifications report they create a matrix showing new energy sectors across the horizontal axis, and relevant classifications (work functions) along the vertical axis. These classifications are an excellent guide to skills needs within the energy sector.

The energy sectors include:

The skills needed in these sectors are suggested by some of the following classifications:

It is interesting to note how many of the skill classifications are actually traditional engineering skills, reinforcing the point that no matter how advanced a sector may be, it is likely to rely on traditional skills. This is particularly true of businesses involved in the supply chain to an emerging advanced sector.